The Executioner Heading To The Big Screen!
By Dr. Know on August 14th, 2014
You’d think it woulda happened long before now with Hollywood being so franchise hungry, but Tinseltown is once again trying to develop Done Pendleton’s Mack Bolan, aka The Executioner. Shaft and Savages screenwriter Shane Salerno will write and produce the pic once he’s finished his co-writing duties with James Cameron on Avatar 4.
Apparently, Salerno’s goal is to make a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world PG-13 action-drama film series” which he intends to package for a studio along with a director and star. This, of course, means he’s aiming for another Bond or Bourne type of series.
First appearing in the pulps in 1969, the character of Mack Bolan is a former soldier, turned elite antiterrorist sniper. You name the black op, chances are he’s been involved in some way, shape, or form. The books are released monthly and continue to be penned by ghost writers. The series and it’s numerous spin-offs total over 900 individual books, which makes it safe to say there’s no shortage of source material.
The Executioner has been in development hell for years, however. Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone and Vin Diesel have been some of the high-profile actors attached to the property over its long-gestating history. Here’s to hoping Salerno’s script can attract a major star (Clive Owen, methinks) and get this off the ground finally.