Spy Hunter: According to Variety, Universal Pictures has hired Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the writing team behind New Line's Freddy vs. Jason, to adapt the video game adaptation Spy-Hunter. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is attached to star as Alec Sects, a former F-15 pilot employed by International Espionage Services as a member of the Spy-Hunter team.
Variety reports that the studio has high hopes for the film, which is scheduled to start filming in June in order to be ready as a 2005 summer tentpole. Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh are producing, with Neal Moritz and Marty Adelstein expected to come on board as well.
Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (2Fast 2Furious) penned the original concept for bringing Midway Games' popular arcade game of the 1980s to the big screen.
Swift and Shannon are also writing Area 52, a sci-fi actioner which follows an alien monster that wreaks havoc after escaping from a secret government base in Antarctica.