I can envision people getting all steamed already at the mere mention of Paul W.S. Anderson’s name (not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson of “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia” fame). Personally, I don’t get all the hatred toward the guy. I think Anderson is a plentiful capable director who has done some good, if not great, movies. (Then again, how many directors out there can boast great movies in their oeuvre? Exactly.) I thought “Mortal Kombat” was decent, and “Event Horizon” had its moments. Heck, I even liked “Soldier”, though I know it’s no great film by any stretch. Now Variety reports that Anderson will be taking over the directing reins of the long-delayed “Spy Hunter” movie, which was originally supposed to be directed by John Woo all the way back in 2004.
Besides Woo, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was also supposed to star, and in fact even voiced a videogame as the titular character called “Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run” in 2006. The game was supposed to land at the same time as the movie, but when the movie never happened, the game company had to release it just to make back some bucks. And the fact that you don’t even know that the game existed pretty much sums it up.
“Spy Hunter” the original game has been around since the ’80s, and I remember playing it at the arcades. You basically never saw the spy hunter guy himself, you just controlled his car, which drove up a road firing missiles, shot oil slicks, and other groovy arsenal at bad guys trying to bump you off the road. Then at the end of a round a truck would come by and you would drive up the ramp and go to the next level. Basically, that’s all I remember from the game. Obviously it didn’t exactly make much of an impression on me.
Anyways, Variety doesn’t know if The Rock will still do the movie now that Woo has gone on to other stuff. Then again, considering that The Rock hasn’t exactly been doing all that great lately, I wouldn’t split the big-budget project if I was him. I like the guy, but his choice of movies lately have been majorly suspect. Get a new agent, Rock!