“Iron Man 3” director Shane Black has signed up with Sony to helm the modern retelling of the action pic adaptation “The Destroyer.” Read on for further details.
According to Deadline, Black will work alongside “Fight Club” screenwriter Jim Uhls, who will write the script for the adaptation film from a series of paperback novels of the same name.
“The Destroyer” is a series about a U.S. government operative named Remo Williams, originally by Warren Murphy, with the first novel being published in 1971.
It follows the story of a cop from Newark named Remo Williams. He was framed for a heinous crime and was sentenced to death. His death was faked by the government so he can be trained as an assassin. He was set to work under CURE, a secret organization established by President Kennedy to defend the country by working outside the law. He is joined by his trainer and father-figure Chiun, an elderly but deadly assassin and the last Master of Sinanju. Williams and Chiun will team up “to wipe out those who oppose America’s interests.” Their adventures will led them to numerous encounters with villains, both human and superhuman, from mobsters to mad scientists and satires of famous real-life people.
In 1985, the film was adapted into a theatrical movie entitled “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins,” starring Fred Ward as Williams and Joel Grey as Chiun. The film shows the first meeting of Remo and Chiun and centers on a corrupt weapons manufacturer who is selling guns to the U.S. Army.
“The Destroyer” will be directed by Shane Black and produced by Charles Roven, Steven Chasman and Andy Horwitz. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven expressed his enthusiasm over the project. Roven previously presided over the “Dark Knight” franchise and “Man of Steel” and is currently producing “Batman v. Superman.”
“Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film – [We] couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with this talented director on this material,” said Roven in the Deadline article.
Black is a screenwriter, director, producer and actor, who wrote scripts for the late 1980s and early 1990s action films, such as “Lethal Weapon,” and made his directorial debut with the film “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.
He co-wrote and directed “Iron Man 3,” reuniting him with Downey Jr., which currently ranks as the sixth highest grossing film, $1.25 billion, of all time worldwide. His first acting role came in the film “Predator,” a film for which he also made uncredited contributions to the script.
“The Destroyer is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black. We couldn’t be more excited about his vision for this character,” said Columbia Pictures production president De Luca.
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