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Old 07-09-09, 04:09 PM   #1
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Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

looks to be a reboot of the franchise. the title is the original book series of course. could be good if more gritty and serious. of course the love for the first comes from the camp that Fred Ward brought. so who knows.

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Remo Williams rides again
By Steven Zeitchik


The Dark Knight” producer Charles Roven and “Transporter” producer Steve Chasman are teaming up to produce “The Destroyer,” a franchise vehicle that brings back ’80s action hero Remo Williams. The pair have set up the project at Columbia.

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 tomes, 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 wrote scores of “Destroyer” paperbacks in the 1970s and ’80s, with other writers eventually taking over scribe duties. New installments of the series — more than 100 have been written all told — continue through this decade.

Ace Media, a joint venture between Roven’s Atlas Entertainment and Chasman’s Current Entertainment, is producing “Destroyer,” with Atlas’ Steve Alexander exec producing. Atlas has an overall deal with Sony.

Atlas and Columbia are in control of rights to the entire series; this pic, however, is an origin story that will center on the first book.

Murphy and Sapir’s novels gained big-screen credibility when they 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.

The new project continues a trend of reboots or other updates of 1980s action franchises, a group that includes last year’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and MGM’s “Robocop” and “Red Dawn” remakes.

Among other projects, Roven is producing the upcoming fantasy-adventure “Season of the Witch,” while Chasman is on board to produce the serial-killer thriller “Blitz.”

In addition to “Gods,” the Parlapanides brothers, repped by WME, are penning the manga adaptation “Death Note” for Warners.
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Old 07-09-09, 04:21 PM   #2
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

Hmm, might be good. I loved the original with Fred Ward as Remo. A television movie? I always thought that was a pilot episode for a tv show, no wonder they never had any other episodes.

I did read some of the books, during this time period but by this time Remo had already learned most of his skills, so I was bummed about that.
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

Never saw the 80's film, but I've heard enough about it that I'm sure it's worth a cheap blind buy.

This sounds pretty rad, if done right.
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Old 07-09-09, 04:57 PM   #4
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I saw the original but was not aware of the TV movie. I love me some Remo Williams. As long as he runs over wet cement without leaving any footprints, I'm in.
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

No Fred Ward, no sale.
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

I just hope this'll prompt them to put out an anormphic widescreen se dvd of the original when the reboot comes out. All it's received so far is crappy oop foolscreen version.
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

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I just hope this'll prompt them to put out an anormphic widescreen se dvd of the original when the reboot comes out. All it's received so far is crappy oop foolscreen version.
ohhh...that would be cool.
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

To this day I still have to stop and watch this whenever I pass by it on cable. Never read the destroyer books it was based on but from what I understand he's 10x more badass in the books.
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Old 07-10-09, 02:25 AM   #9
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

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I just hope this'll prompt them to put out an anormphic widescreen se dvd of the original when the reboot comes out. All it's received so far is crappy oop foolscreen version.
The R3 Japan dvd of Remo Williams is in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen.
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

They'd better not ruin it by have a real Korean play Chiun!
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

Someone suggested in another forum that Nathan Fillon would be perfect as Remo, and I would have to agree.
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With the producer of the Transporter, watch this become a Jason Statham vehicle.
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

Interesting -- hopefully Fred Ward makes an appearance.
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

After seeing The Nice Guys and love everything Black does, I want this so bad...
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After seeing The Nice Guys and love everything Black does, I want this so bad...
Is there new info?
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Old 08-27-16, 11:35 AM   #17
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Is there new info?
If you consider 2014 "new", then maybe. Shane Black was signed on to direct the film:
http://deadline.com/2014/08/sony-pic...troyer-822866/

However, it's not listed as an upcoming film on Shane Black's IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000948/

What is listed is Doc Savage, which Shane Black is set to write and direct, and staring Dwayne Johnson:
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/30...ge-shane-black

I can't imagine Shane Black wants to direct both a Doc Savage and Remo Williams movie.
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This is like the Buckaroo Banzai sequel ... there's a guaranteed passionate niche audience out there. But nobody has the balls to finance it yet.
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Niche, yes. But I can only imagine it's a tiny niche. I don't see a Remo Williams sequel scorching the box office.

If the movie is really good then I can see it doing well on home video. But even then that success wouldn't be right away.
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You've got a tiny niche.
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This is like the Buckaroo Banzai sequel ... there's a guaranteed passionate niche audience out there. But nobody has the balls to finance it yet.
It's an Amazon TV series now...or at least an Amazon pilot. Kevin Smith is directing.
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This is like the Buckaroo Banzai sequel ... there's a guaranteed passionate niche audience out there. But nobody has the balls to finance it yet.
Buckaroo Banzai is inherently esoteric and designed to be off-putting to 99% of the audience. The Destroyer is a straightforward action-adventure premise. In the right hands it could be turned into a Jason Bourne type franchise, and the fact that there was a previous film based upon the books would be no more relevant than the Richard Chamberlain Bourne miniseries from the '80s.
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Re: Remo Williams: The Adventure Continues... "The Destroyer"!

I actually met Warren Murphy back in 2012 and asked him about any potential Remo films. He was very excited at the time that there was starting be renewed interest in bringing the Destroyer back into theaters. A while later, the news that Shane Black would direct broke. So, I am not giving up hope, yet...
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It's an Amazon TV series now...or at least an Amazon pilot. Kevin Smith is directing.
I was excited till I read your last sentence.
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