It was only a matter of time before legendary screenwriter (Lethal Weapon series) and director of one of the universally critically acclaimed 2005 noir/comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was eventually due to hit the big time in the director chair in Hollywood.
Therefore, coming off the back of the $1.5 billion-grossing Iron Man 3, Shane Black has started to accumulate a seriously formidable cache of upcoming movie projects. The latest one to be added is an adaptation of the long-running Warren Murphy book series The Destroyer.
Sony Pictures announced that Black will direct the feature film adaptation of the adventure series, with Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls penning the screenplay alongside James Mullaney. The story follows Newark cop Remo Williams, who is framed, sentenced to death, executed and then resurrected in order to serve as the enforcement arm for a top-secret division of the US government called CURE. The Dark Knight and Man of Steel producer Charles Roven will produce.
Shane has been a massive fan of the original book series since its inception. Sony’s press release included this titbit of information:
“Shane has been a fan of the original DESTROYER book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film. Atlas couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with this talented director on this material,” said Charles Roven of Atlas Entertainment. The narrative Jim and James have created is incredibly rich and while it’s a story rooted in adventure, it is also very much character driven.”
“The Destroyer is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black,” said Michael De Luca, president of Production for Columbia Pictures. “We couldn’t be more excited about his vision for this character.”
Black is currently attached to co-write and direct DOC SAVAGE, based on the hero of pulp novels, films, and comic books, for Columbia Pictures. But has a clear vision in place for The Destroyer.
He is certainly keeping busy, but this sounds like a pet project for him so it will be interesting to see what his vision has in store for the character.