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Spy Hunter film will be treated like James Bond, director aims to make new spy franchise

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The upcoming film based on the vehicular combat series Spy Hunter will be made in the style of James Bond and treated as an opportunity to craft a new spy franchise, according to director Ruben Fleischer in a recent interview with ComingSoon.

"If I can make any movie, it would be a James Bond movie," Fleischer said. "I've always loved the genre but I don't think they'll hire an American to direct a James Bond movie, I've been told, so for me, Spy Hunter is an opportunity to create a new spy franchise.

"It sounds silly but that was my favorite video game when I was a kid and it had a great title and a great theme song, but there's no real other associations that people have with it other than a cool car, so I feel like there's a lot of room for us to invent a new character and a new series," he added. "I think just the Spy Hunter that is the most bad-ass spy who hunts down rogue spies is a really cool launch pad for an idea and I hope that we can bring it to life."

Fleischer, whose previous credits include Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, will direct and executive produce the film, while Warner Bros. and Lin Pictures will head production.