Shane Black to Direct 'The Destroyer' for Sony

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The 'Iron Man 3' helmer will adapt the action book series

Shane Black is gearing up to direct Sony Pictures’ adaptation of adventure book series The Destroyer, the studio said on Thursday.

The Destroyer is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black,” Columbia’s president of production Michael De Luca said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited about his vision for this character.”

The film will be adapted from a 1970s-era action book series that focuses on police officer Remo Williams.

The director, who previously helmed Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, has a busy slate ahead of him.

He’s set to direct Nice Guys, a Warner Bros. thriller featuring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, and has been tasked by 20th Century Fox with rebooting the Predator series.

He also is directing and co-writing the action title Doc Savage for Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

The Destroyer screenplay will be written by Jim Uhls (Jumper, Fight Club) along with novel writer James Mullaney. The film will be a co-production between Sony Pictures, Current Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment.