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Avatar writer Shane Salerno to script film based on The Executioner novels

08.13.2014

What do Steve McQueen, Sly Stallone, Clint Eastwood and Vin Diesel have in common? Mack Bolan. You may not have heard of that name, but he is the fictional protagonist of one of the longest running fiction franchises of all time. Bolan is the central character in THE EXECUTIONER series of pulp novels created by Don Pendleton in 1969. 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. And, after almost 50 years, he is finally going to be the subject of a movie.

Deadline reports that SALINGER writer/director Shane Salerno will script and produce a film version of THE EXECUTIONER, a project all of those famous action stars have been unable to make happen. Salerno is currently writing AVATAR 4 with James Cameron but will then move on to THE EXECUTIONER.

Salerno's goal is to make a ôrelevant, 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. So, in layman's terms, he is looking to make the next James Bond or Jason Bourne franchise. Unlike either of those series whose source characters had less than twenty original novels, having a character with almost a thousand stories ready to be adapted would make for an easy sell to a studio looking for a new franchise.

The question remains whether anyone would be interested in making this movie happen. Salerno has built credibility with SALINGER and his involvement with AVATAR 4, but a project like this really hinges on the star and director. Could this be a cool vehicle for someone like Sylvester Stallone or would it be better for a younger star to carry the series. Stay tuned for details as this develops.

Source: Deadline

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3:29PM on 08/14/2014
"The series and it's numerous spin-offs total over 900 individual books."

That's a whole lot of books for Hollywood to totally ignore in the pursuit of making a movie that's nothing like the source material.
"The series and it's numerous spin-offs total over 900 individual books."

That's a whole lot of books for Hollywood to totally ignore in the pursuit of making a movie that's nothing like the source material.
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9:43AM on 08/14/2014

Fun books

I still have the books from when they first came out. Marvel ripped off the Executioner character when they came out with the Punisher, so it will be interesting to see if they can do better movie wise. Please give the role to Frank Grillo and make it the R it deserves.
I still have the books from when they first came out. Marvel ripped off the Executioner character when they came out with the Punisher, so it will be interesting to see if they can do better movie wise. Please give the role to Frank Grillo and make it the R it deserves.
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9:51PM on 08/13/2014

That brings back memories

I read dozens and dozens of the Executioner novels when I was a kid.
Stallone is great, but he's too old now.
I read dozens and dozens of the Executioner novels when I was a kid.
Stallone is great, but he's too old now.
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8:43PM on 08/13/2014
Never too early for Josh Brolin casting suggestions.
Never too early for Josh Brolin casting suggestions.
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7:39PM on 08/13/2014

glad to hear... but please forget Stallone.

And the fact that they are going to make pg-13 films of the character that inspired The Punisher is kind of scary.
And the fact that they are going to make pg-13 films of the character that inspired The Punisher is kind of scary.
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7:35PM on 08/13/2014
Yes please.
Yes please.
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5:14PM on 08/13/2014
what i really want is more Remo Williams
what i really want is more Remo Williams
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5:19PM on 08/13/2014
Yeah! The adventure began, but then it never continued.
Yeah! The adventure began, but then it never continued.
8:10PM on 08/13/2014
Are you a reader of destroyer? I just read the first 3 books in like 4 days. I am addicted. Remo the movie was great too.
Are you a reader of destroyer? I just read the first 3 books in like 4 days. I am addicted. Remo the movie was great too.
1:58PM on 08/15/2014
i read a couple of books when the movie first came out but they werent in any sequential order. excellent, fun and edgy stuff
i read a couple of books when the movie first came out but they werent in any sequential order. excellent, fun and edgy stuff
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