Edgar Wright is nothing if not booked and busy. The director, who has spent the past two decades at the helm of many cult favorites, will add a high-profile remake to his growing list of upcoming projects. Deadline revealed that Wright will take over directing duties on Paramount’s The Running Man, a live-action adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel. It’s the story of a man named Ben Richards, who participates in a futuristic reality show in which contestants are chased by “Hunters” tasked with killing them. The book got previously adapted in 1987, with a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role. Michael Bacall, who co-wrote Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, will write the Running Man script for his longtime creative partner. They hope to bring the story into a new age with a more faithful retelling of the science fiction classic.
Since the beginning of 2020, Wright‘s name got attached to multiple different film projects. He is also set to direct an adaptation of Set My Heart to Five, another science fiction tale about an android dentist who learns to feel human emotion by watching old movies. The famous director will also tackle a version of the thriller novel The Chain. Additionally, Wright has actively assured fans that he is working on the script for a sequel to 2017’s action flick Baby Driver, the last movie the director has managed to drop in theaters. His first venture into the horror genre, Last Night in Soho, was originally going to land in cinemas last year but has since been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and is now scheduled for an October 2021 premiere.