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So, does anyone out there remember Remo Williams? Granted, he wasn't a household name like John McClane or Snake Plissken (I mean, he didn't even make Scott's list of '80s action heroes worth resurrecting), but for fans of that decade, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is a camp classic. But don't worry, because even if you don't remember the original, you're about to get another chance to meet the wisecracking secret agent thanks to Columbia Pictures. The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business Blog has confirmed that producer Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) and Steve Chasman (Transporter) are setting up a reboot of the Remo Williams/Destroyer franchise with Sony and Atlas Entertainment.
The 1985 action-comedy originally starred Fred Ward as Sam Making, a street cop who is recruited into a secret government agency to take down an arms dealer and was based on the Destroyer series created by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. »
- Jessica Barnes
With all the sometimes disappointing and questionable remakes, reboots and do-overs coming out of Hollywood these days, sometimes its nice to get news of a reboot and actually be happy about it. What am I talking about? Well, according to The Risky Business Blog, The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven and Transporter producer Steve Chasman are teaming up to bring Remo Williams (aka “The Destroyer”) back to the big screen.
According to the report, the producers have enlisted Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, who are currently writing the action film War of Gods, to take on the screenplay based on the first book in the massive Destroyer novel catalog — which was written by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir in the 70s and 80s. In case you’re not familiar with The Destroyer, it concerns New Jersey cop Remo Williams, who’s convicted of a crime he didn’t commit.
Williams is sentenced to the electric chair, »
- Chris Ullrich
I'd love to take credit for this... I did after all call for a sequel to Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins three months ago in a post about movies that actually deserve a sequel. But apparently Fred Ward shouldn't be expecting a call just yet... The original movie was based on a series of books called "The Destroyer" from authors Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir (and others later on). Per THR, the first book in the series which introduces the Remo Williams character is heading back to the screen. Which I guess makes this more of a reboot anyway. The movie is being scripted by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides (War of Gods) with the hope that it will be the beginning of a new franchise. There are currently over one hundred titles in the book series... Can it top the Fred Ward/Joel Grey original in the fun department? Doubtful. »
- Rob Hunter
To most of us in the UK, Remo Williams is a single cheesy action movie from the mid-80s: Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous. But in the States it's a massive franchise of paperback novels, and Charles Roven and Steve Chasman, producers, respectively, of The Dark Knight and the Transporter films, are aiming to bring Remo back. THR's Risky Business blog reports that the project is being set up between Columbia and Sony.Incredibly there are, to date, about 150 novels in the Destroyer series, which was begun in the early 70s by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir, and continued by multiple authors. The overall concept is that Remo Williams, a cop from Newark, is framed and sentenced to death, and then rescued and turned into a super ninja spy by a secret society begun by President Kennedy. A bit like Torchwood but without the aliens. He is trained in a mental »
Action hero Remo Williams will be revived in new Columbia Picture project The Destroyer, says The Hollywood Reporter. Originating in Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir's adventure novels, the character is a New Jersey police officer who is sent down for a crime he didn't commit. He fakes his own death in the electric chair and reinvents himself as a vigilante named the Destroyer. Fred Ward played the character in the 1985 film Remo Williams: The Adventure (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Risky Biz Blog reports that The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven and Transporter producer Steve Chasman are teaming up to produce The Destroyer , a Columbia Pictures project that brings back '80s action hero Remo Williams. Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, who are penning the action epic War of Gods for Relativity, are on board to write the screenplay. Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir wrote the initial batch of "Destroyer" adventure novels, which centered on Williams, a New Jersey cop convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Williams is sentenced to the electric chair, but his death is faked so he can be reborn as the vigilante character the Destroyer, joining a top-secret assassin squad set up by the government to operate outside the bounds of the law. With the »
The first books in the Destroyer series were penned by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. They followed the character of Williams, a New Jersey police officer who is convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Williams gets the electric chair, but his death is a lie so that he can be reborn as the vigilante character the Destroyer. He joins a secret assassin squad that is set up by the government.
With the help of an Asian assassin, Chiun, Williams goes after criminals and the people who framed him.
Murphy and Sapir wrote many paperbacks »
7 items from 2009