March 23, 2010 / 3:24 AM / in 9 years

"Spy Hunter" video game getting movie treatment

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Warner Bros. is bringing the video game “Spy Hunter” to the big screen.

The studio, which bought the title as part of its 2009 acquisition of Midway Games, has hired Chad St. John to write the script for a feature adaptation.

“Hunter” follows a highly trained spy whose job it is to eliminate rogue agents when they become liabilities to their governments. He travels in the G-6155 Interceptor, a sports car tricked out with an array of weapons that frequently is challenged by enemy vehicles.

“Hunter,” launched by Midway as an arcade game in 1983, has long been a target of the film industry. The game was set up previously at Universal, where John Woo and Dwayne Johnson were attached to direct and star, respectively. That version never got out of the garage for budgetary reasons. Paul W.S. Anderson tried to relaunch the project for Universal, but that also stalled.

Warners obtained the rights when it bought Midway for $33 million in July.

St. John is becoming a Warners favorite. The scribe wrote the time-travel spec script “The Days Before” for the studio, which signed him to a two-picture deal. A remake of “Outland” and the action project “Motor City” followed. St. John also is writing “Sgt. Rock,” featuring DC Comics’ World War II soldier, for Warners and producer Joel Silver.

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