“The Destroyer” is how he is known to comic fans and pulp enthusiasts. Others know him as Remo Williams, played by Fred Ward in the 1985 forgotten classic. The adventure was supposed to begin for movie audiences in 1985. For those of you that don't know, Remo Williams was more a Kung Fu/ Black Ops agent than a suave super spy. In my opinion, the film is fun and a great adventure story. Sadly, it failed to connect with audiences.
Deadline.com, has an exclusive story that Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s character is making an attempt to come back to the big screen. The man who will be bring Remo Williams back is Iron Man 3 director Shane Black.
From Deadline: “Sony Pictures has set Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black to direct The Destroyer, Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls’ scripted adaptation of the adventure book series by Warren Murphy that will give framed New Jersey cop Remo Williamsanother shot at a movie franchise. Uhls wrote the script with James Mullaney, who co-authored books... The film will be produced by Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment”.
Black, a fan of the original book series, who also wrote the original Lethal Weapon, was originally going to tackle “Doc Savage” next for Sony. However, the powers that be feel as if Black has a stronger take on “The Destroyer”, thus pushing that project to be first.
Check out Mania’s Interview with Warren Murphy that we posted last year HERE.
We have attached the trailer below from the original 1985 film for a refresher.