‘Iron Man 3’ Director Shane Black on Sony’s ‘Destroyer’

Sony Pictures Entertainment has tapped “Iron Man 3” director Shane Black to helm its adventure-action movie “The Destroyer.”

The project is based on the book series of the same name originally written by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. Jim Uhls (“Fight Club”) and James Mullaney are writing the screenplay.

The series centers on a New Jersey cop who’s framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution in order to serve as enforcement for a top-secret arm of the U.S. government.

Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer on “The Destroyer” books until the series’ end in 2008.

Producers are Charles Roven, Steven Chasman and Andy Horwitz. Sony production president Michael De Luca will oversee with Lauren Abrahams for the studio.

“ ‘The Destroyer’ is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black,” De Luca said.

Black is currently attached to co-write and direct “Doc Savage” for Sony. Mullaney is author of the “Red Menace” series of spy thrillers and the “Crag Banyon Mysteries” detective series.

Black is represented by WME and David Greenblatt of GreenLit Creative. Uhls is represented by Paradigm and Anonymous Content. Mullaney is represented by David Greenblatt as well.

News was first reported by Deadline.com.

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