Anderson takes wheel of 'Spy Hunter' for Universal


"Spy Hunter" is back on active duty.

Paul W.S. Anderson has signed on to direct and relaunch Universal Pictures' action project, a film based on Midway Games' popular 1980s arcade game. Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh are producing. Jeremy Bolt, Anderson's partner at Impact Pictures, also is producing.

Anderson will pen a treatment that will serve as a blueprint for "Hunter's" script, after which a writer will be brought on board.

"Hunter" is an action/driving game featuring the G-6155 Interceptor, an imaginary car beset by a wide array of enemy vehicles.

John Woo previously had been attached to direct a big-budget version of "Hunter," which would have starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. That version never got out of the garage for budgetary reasons.

Dylan Clark is overseeing for Universal.

Gordon and Askarieh are in production on a video adaptation of "Hitman," starring Timothy Olyphant, for 20th Century Fox.

"Hunter" brings Anderson back under the wing of Universal, where he is already prepping the car-themed "Death Race," a remake of the 1975 Roger Corman classic "Death Race 2000." Jason Statham is starring in the movie, which goes before cameras in August.

Anderson and Bold also are producing "Castlevania" with Crystal Sky as well as "Driver" from Constantin. Both are set up at Rogue.

Anderson is repped by Ken Kamins at Key Creatives.