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‘Remo Williams/Destroyer’ Project in the Works

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‘Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins’ is one of those classic films from the ’80s that never turned into the franchise it had potential for.   Based on the series of paperback novels, The Destroyer, it told the story of a cop whose death is faked in order to turn him into an government assassin.  

In 1985, Orion Pictures took The Destroyer and its lead character and turned it into a feature film starring Fred Ward as Williams.   Guy Hamilton, the director behind such classic, James Bond films as ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘The Man With the Golden Gun,’ was even behind the film, but it failed to make an impace with audience.   It pulled in a domestic take of $14 million against an estimated $40 million budget.

Now, nearly a quarter of a century after ‘Remo Williams,’ it looks like The Destroyer is getting a second chance at the big screen.   Risky Biz Blog is reporting that ‘The Dark Knight’ producer Charles Roven and ‘Transformers’ producer Steve Chasmen are teaming to produce ‘The Destroyer’ for Columbia Pictures.   Screenwriters Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, whose ‘War of Gods’ is the next directing project for Tarsem Singh, have signed on to write the screenplay.

‘The Destroyer’ is a rare case of a remake of an ’80s film that is actually warranted.   ‘Remo Williams’ was the perfect setup for a major franchise, and the series of novels numbers up around 150.   There are plenty of adventures already written for Williams to take on.   Here’s hoping Tommy Shaw’s theme song, What If, is also updated for the new film.

Source: Risky Biz Blog


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  3. william dyer

    August 12, 2013 at 12:38 am

    finally somebody has seen the light and decided to give new life to the destroyerit’s an idea that has been on the back burner for far too longbut whoever does this has really have to do the research into the seriesplease don’t let someone like an night Shyamalan get ahold of this thinghe has too much potentialfrom what I see the right people are in the process of handling it so I wait with great anticipationfor movie I’ve been waiting over 30 years to seeif they can find a job great look like for the role of chuinin the first movie was almost perfect according to the booksthe one thing that could easily be lost in the translation between books and movieis the humor that is placed in the storiesthe interaction between Remo and chuincan be blunt one moment and fragile next please don’t lose this in the translationI still have a great many of the books in my collection and loved reading each and everyone

    • Bill

      November 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      I have read many of the books but not all but the key element in it is the humor between Reno and Chuin

  4. mahrez

    August 18, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Would love to see Mark Wahlberg as Remo. Jackie Chan as Chuin as well.

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