Remo Williams is going to make another go at making his way into live-action thanks to Sony Pictures Television.
Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to The Destroyer novel series. Gordon Smith (Better Call Saul) is set to write and executive produce the series. Adrian Askarieh of Prime Universe Films will also serve as an executive producer.
The Detroyer series of books kicked off in 1971 and follows former cop Remo Williams who was framed for a murder he didn’t commit. He was sentenced to death, but the government faked his death and made him into an undercover operative.
In total there have been over 150 books so far, and the property was adapted into a movie in 1985 entitled Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. There was an attempt at a TV series in the 1980s that never made it past a pilot, and recently writer and director Shane Black tried to relaunch it as a new film.
Sony Pictures Television isn’t tied to any one outlet, so this project could literally end up anywhere. The studio does seem to favor working with Amazon, so we would be willing to bet it has a good shot of ending up there should it move forward.
With so many books to its name, there is a lot of material there to mine, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, this is being viewed as the beginning of a universe.
The project is in its earliest days so don’t expect to hear any updates for some time to come.