Wow, I have to admit, this is exciting news. I was a big fan of the ’80s movie “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins”, starring Fred Ward as a cop who is “killed” but is reborn as the super Government agent Remo Williams (and co-starring former Star Trek: Voyager Captain Kate Mulgrew, natch). He’s trained by a tiny Chinese dude and eventually goes on missions. I think the movie was supposed to launch a franchise, but it didn’t really do that well at the box office, thus no franchise was born, though it did launch a short-lived 1988 TV show. Flash-forward to 2009, and producers Charles Roven and Steve Chasman are planning to bring Remo back to the big screen in what is no doubt the first of a planned franchise.
The Risky Biz Blog reports that Roven and Chasman, who have worked on “The Dark Knight” and “The Transporter” between them, have assigned scripting duties to Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, and will produce the film for Columbia Pictures.
“The Destroyer” began life in 1971 as a series of pulp action-adventure novels written by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. In the original “Destroyer” novels, Williams is a Newark cop convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to death by electric chair. But his death is faked, and Williams is instead recruited into a top-secret Government agency called CURE that operates outside the law to take down criminals (and originally created by President Kennedy to boot!). Williams also gets to take out the people who framed him, all the while being trained by Chiun, the last Master of Sinanju.
The movie will be an Origins Story and trace the birth of Remo Williams. Get a good name to play Remo, who can sale the superhuman secret agent, and you got yourself the beginnings of a potentially hot franchise.
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