TOP GUN: MAVERICK's Glen Powell Will Be THE RUNNING MAN In Edgar Wright's Upcoming Remake

TOP GUN: MAVERICK's Glen Powell Will Be THE RUNNING MAN In Edgar Wright's Upcoming Remake TOP GUN: MAVERICK's Glen Powell Will Be THE RUNNING MAN In Edgar Wright's Upcoming Remake

For Paramount, Edgar Wright will direct a remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action classic, The Running Man, starring Glen Powell from Anyone But You and Top Gun: Maverick.

By MarkJulian - Apr 13, 2024 09:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Action

It appears that Edgar Wright's (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead) adaptation of The Running Man is at last progressing at Paramount after a protracted wait.

Wright's directing, Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) wrote the script for the reboot,  and we now have a leading man.

The project was first announced on February 19, 2021, with little other details to emerge since.

But Glen Powell, star of Top Gun: Maverick and Twisters, will play the lead, the studio disclosed at its CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas.

Deadline film reporter Justin Kroll revealed on X (formerly known as Twitter), that Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, and Chris Hemsworth all met for the role but Wright and Paramount ended up selecting Powell.

Wright's remake is said to be more faithful to the Stephen King (King wrote the novel under the pen name, Richard Bachman) novel as opposed to the 1987 film, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Although both Stephen King's novel Running Man and the Arnold Schwarzenegger film revolve around the idea of a lethal game show, they are very different from one another.  

In the novel, Ben Richards is an out-of-shape everyman, down on his luck and hoping to earn money for his wife and children.

Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, portrays a powerful former police captain who is forced to take part in the lethal games after being falsely accused of a crime he did not commit.

Are you excited for The Running Man remake? And do you think the studio made a good choice in selecting Powell over some of the heavy hitters listed above? Let us know in the comment section below.

The Running Man (1987) Synopsis: In a dystopian America, the country  totalitarian state where the favorite television program is "The Running Man" -- a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.

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Evansly - 4/13/2024, 9:53 AM
I could see that work. Still very one board to make him Cyclops. I really want a good take on live action Cyclops X-Men 97 is setting a high bar
TheVisionary25 - 4/13/2024, 12:21 PM
@Evansly - yes please!!.

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RolandD - 4/13/2024, 4:56 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Mmm sorry, that is Hal Jordan there. 😉
marvel72 - 4/13/2024, 9:56 AM
Doesn't need to be remade.

tmp3 - 4/13/2024, 9:57 AM
Feels like this guy will be the next big A-list movie star. Hopefully Twisters is solid too
JonC - 4/15/2024, 11:43 AM
@tmp3 - he comes off as a bit of a superficial douche and i think it takes more than that to be A-list.
IAmAHoot - 4/13/2024, 9:58 AM
Edgar Wright? Color me interested. Could be a wild film. Powell was rather good in Top Gun; surprised to say Twisters doesn't look bad; happy to see him on the rise.
DanielPlainviewsGhost - 4/13/2024, 10:19 AM
@IAmAHoot - Check him out in Everybody Wants Some. He just oozes charisma. Or "rizz" as the kids like to say.
STINGRAY - 4/13/2024, 9:59 AM
'THE RUNNING MAN Upcoming Remake'

---This is yet another instance when I hear of a re-make being planned and my first, second and final thoughts are all; WHY??

Further; this is screwed from the start...

Richard Dawson is gone.

tylerzero - 4/13/2024, 10:18 AM

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SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 10:34 AM
@STINGRAY - But we have Ryan Seacrest.
FinnishDude - 4/13/2024, 11:34 AM
@STINGRAY - I wouldn't consider the original Running Man a movie you couldn't improve upon (or at least make an interesting new version of), especially when you have someone like Edgar Wright making it.
CaptainSavaHoe2 - 4/13/2024, 1:34 PM
@SuperJefe - Don't you dare.
SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 1:41 PM
@CaptainSavaHoe2 - 😂 sorry

Dear Universe,

Please ignore that.
STINGRAY - 4/13/2024, 2:21 PM
@SuperJefe - 'Ryan Seacrest'
-------Hes okay, but I think they should go with someone who is more associated with Game Shows....

Pat "Wheel of Fortune" Sajak ...?
(Vanna White could be one of the armed mercenary "stalkers"!)
SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 5:44 PM
@STINGRAY - love it

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Apophis71 - 4/13/2024, 9:59 AM
I love Running man even though it is riddled with issues that could be greatly improved on with a remake, but even still unsure I am at all interested in them doing one. I would rather someone just take the basic concept and make a new similar but original film based on those concepts rather than a reboot.

That said if they are going more true to source and ditching the whole powerful former police captain and instead going with the out-of-shape everyman, down on his luck then it isn't realy the same film at all and the GA may reject that change even if it is more true to source (so maybe not call the film Running Man and just have based on the novel on posters instead).

TLDR Can't and won't get excited about this till I at least see a trailer for it.
SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 10:02 AM
King’s (Bachman’s) Running Man was excellent!

I wish King’s The Long Walk would get out of development hell…that’s a great story.

DanielPlainviewsGhost - 4/13/2024, 10:12 AM
@SuperJefe - Dude I've been saying this for DECADES. Make it a 5 or 6 episode limited series with Frank Darabont as the showrunner.

On the subject of Bachman/King did you ever read Rage? Kind of hard to find now cause King took it out of print.
SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 10:33 AM
@DanielPlainviewsGhost - a series is a great - maybe even better - idea!

Yeah I’ve read it - hard to believe what came to pass, huh? Back in the day it was just a scary idea in a writer’s head…
DanielPlainviewsGhost - 4/13/2024, 10:43 AM
@SuperJefe - I think a series would work best because you'd get more backstory on more of the contestants compared to being limited with the runtime of a feature film Budget wouldn't be too large. Like the book, keep the scale small to start (walking through low population areas in the woods of Maine) before going big at the end.

And yeah it's crazy. From a scary idea to a too frequent occurrence in American schools.
SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 11:11 AM
@DanielPlainviewsGhost - 100% correct on the series … great call!

I think Rage was originally called “Getting It On” because that was the kid’s catchphrase- if I’m remembering right.
DanielPlainviewsGhost - 4/13/2024, 11:27 AM
@SuperJefe - I believe you're right.

Also think a Roadwork movie/limited series could be great.

Most of his Bachman stuff has a delicious amount of nastiness to it huh?
SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 11:47 AM
@DanielPlainviewsGhost - Yes, I really enjoy his Bachman stuff and have reread several of the them. With the exception of that collaboration he did with himself lol The Regulators and Desperation were ok but never went back to them.
DanielPlainviewsGhost - 4/13/2024, 11:52 AM
@SuperJefe - I never reread those either and I agree, they're just ok.

I grew up just outside Bangor, Maine so anything Stephen King is pretty much required reading.
SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 12:30 PM
@DanielPlainviewsGhost - Haha well, I grew up in the 80s when horror novels had their biggest run and King was, well, the 👑

Nice chatting with ya Maniac … keep reading!
StSteven - 4/13/2024, 10:02 PM
@SuperJefe @DanielPlainviewsGhost - I'm right there with you guys. I'm a huge King fan (grew up in the 80s as well) and have been since high school (although for some reason that I can't recall, I never finished "DT7" (please don't throw things at me 😊)). I remember reading the "Bachman Books" in high school (which collected "Rage", "The Running Man", "Roadwork", and "The Long Walk") and really being struck the most my "Rage" because that was such a powerful story and although I was never a rebellious teen (well aside from my short-lived stint doing an underground newspaper with a couple of friends) that idea of some high school kid doing what he did in that story was so powerful and moving for someone living in a time where that stuff just didn't happen was a big deal to me at the time.

Now a days we call it "Tuesday", and consequently I don't know how they would ever make that story without it seeming like something out of the daily news, but I'm sure there's a way to adapt it and make it something special. Considering that all those stories were essentially "short stories" they could really dive into the mindset of the main kid and what must have been going on in his head in a way that King never did. Anyhow, food for thought. Cheers!
SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 10:30 PM
@StSteven - Always nice to meet a King fan, and even more rare, a book reader! I agree, it would be interesting to see how that story could be updated to shock the jaded public of today.

And…underground newspaper? Now that’s just cool.

See you around CBM Town!
SuperJefe - 4/13/2024, 10:33 PM
@StSteven - Oh, since we’re confessing our sins:

I never read Blaze OR finished The Dark Tower series.

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StSteven - 4/13/2024, 11:14 PM
@SuperJefe - Ha! Actually after my last post I was looking at the King shelf in my library and realized that I have "Blaze" as well and haven't read it either. And I also noticed that I no longer seem to have my copy of "The Bachman Books" so it's off to Amazon I go. It's crazy when you realize the amount of shit that you lost/had stolen back in college when you had people over at your place partying on a regular basis. I swear that I've bought "Fear & Loathing" like 3 times now. Anyhow see ya around! :)
DanielPlainviewsGhost - 4/13/2024, 10:17 AM
The Running Man is a great for a cheesy 80s Schwarzenegger film, but a piss poor adaptation of the novel, which is extremely different compared to the book.

Wright directing certainly has me intrigued.
Ryguy88 - 4/13/2024, 11:20 AM
I loved this dumbass movie as a kid, a remake with Wright could be lots of fun!
Fogs - 4/13/2024, 11:31 AM
[frick] remakes. Seriously.
TheVisionary25 - 4/13/2024, 12:29 PM
Wright & Powell is a cool combo , looking forward to it!!.

The book is dark which would be interesting to see Wright tackle something with that tone but I feel while it might be more faithful to it , it will still have some significant changes.

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Forthas - 4/13/2024, 1:06 PM
This is a terrible vehicle for Glen Powell. A reboot of Running Man should star someone like Alan Ritchson. A better remake for Powell would be Miami Vice. He would really be a great fit for that franchise. A proposed cast for that would be...

Glenn Powell (Detective James Crockett)
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Rege Jean Page (Detective Ricardo Tubbs)
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Javicia Leslie (Detective Trudy Joplin)
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Melissa Barrera (Detective Gina Calabrese)
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Edgar Ramirez (Lieutenant Martin Castillo)
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MisterDoctor217 - 4/13/2024, 1:33 PM
Ok let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Glenn Powel is a cool dude and definitely has the movie star look, but he’s certainly not an A-List actor , not yet anyway.

He wasn’t even the main character in Top Gun and Anyone But You, while a modest success, was not like a big blockbuster event.

Hell, I don’t even think Timothy Chalamet is A-List yet , and he already has two blockbusters as a leading man.

Some actors like Chris Evans or even Henry Cavill took years before they were even considered movie stars ! Or A-List, and they had some pretty good box office numbers !

grif - 4/13/2024, 3:18 PM
big [frick] no to this

OrgasmicPotatoe - 4/13/2024, 3:29 PM
Never seen the original, but I have to say I'm a little letdown that the next Edgar Wright movie is a remake. I would have preferred an original movie from him.
dragon316 - 4/13/2024, 4:29 PM
Stop with reboots there’s all ready don’t tell mom baby sitters dead 2024 versio reboot so sad

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