A George R.R. Martin project is coming to the big screen, but this time it won’t be a Game of Thrones title. Exile Content Studio has secured film rights to Martin’s sci-fi novel “Hunter’s Run,” co-penned by Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham (The Expanse). Mark Raso will direct a script co-penned by himself and brother Joseph Raso, who teamed on the film Awake.
“Hunter’s Run” features a Latino lead, a natural project for Exile Content, which produces content in both English and Spanish. The film follows Ramón Espejo, a day laborer on a distant planet who discovers a deadly alien race while escaping from murder charges. To survive, Ramón must evade all parties, including his own personal demons.
Said Martin to Variety, “I’m so pleased that after almost 16 years, ‘Hunter’s Run’ will be made into a film. I’m bursting with excitement for the rich sci-fi universe I helped create with my dear friends Daniel and Gardner to exist beyond the pages of our book.”
“I first met George when he showed my film ‘Copenhagen’ at his Jean-Cocteau cinema in Santa Fe and among other things we discussed a novel he had written that had great potential as a film,” Raso added. “I’m thrilled that from that small conversation we are at a point where we are realizing a both visually and narratively innovative sci-fi adventure.”
“’Hunter’s Run’ is an incredible sci-fi epic that will appeal to global audiences, and is an incredible opportunity to build a tentpole franchise around a deeply complex Latino protagonist. We are so proud that Exile can help bring this amazing story to the big screen and beyond,” said Exile head of studio, Nando Vila.
The Raso brothers will executive produce alongside Martin and Vince Gerardis (Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon). No word yet on when production will begin or who will handle the otherworldly VFX.