Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer can’t have his heart’s desire, but classic arcade property Spy Hunter is a decent second best.
Fleischer told ComingSoon that he really wants to direct a James Bond film, but as an American he’s unlikely to get a chance. The upcoming adaptation of Spy Hunter from Warner Bros. and Lin Pictures is Fleischer’s chance to tackle the spy genre.
“For me, Spy Hunter is an opportunity to create a new spy franchise. It sounds silly but that was my favorite video game when I was a kid and it had a great title and a great theme song, but there’s no real other associations that people have with it other than a cool car, so I feel like there’s a lot of room for us to invent a new character and a new series,” he said.
“I think just the Spy Hunter that is the most bad-ass spy who hunts down rogue spies is a really cool launch pad for an idea and I hope that we can bring it to life.”
A new Spy Hunter game released for 3DS and Vita in October; the classic version is available in Midway Arcade Origins.