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 help of an Asian assassin named Chiun, Williams also then wreaks havoc on the criminal underworld as well as on those who framed him.
Murphy and Sapir’s novels were turned into Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, an Orion feature from 1985 that starred Fred Ward as the title character. A television movie continuing the saga was later produced for ABC.