Shane Black ("Iron Man 3," "Kiss, Kiss, Bang Bang") has been hired to direct "The Destroyer" for Sony Pictures. Jim Uhls ("Fight Club") and James Mullaney have penned the adaptation of Warren Murphy's adventure book series.
The story follows New Jersey cop Remo Williams, a man sentenced to death and then resurrected following a botched execution. He now works for the enforcement arm of the clandestine U.S. government agency CURE.
Teaming with an Asian assassin, together they clean up and eliminate those who oppose America's interests. The books blend suspense, Eastern mysticism, and darkly comic capers.
Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Fred Ward previously played the character in a 1985 movie.
In a statement Roven says: "Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film. [We] couldn't be more fortunate to be working with this talented director on this material. 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.”