Of all the works written by Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon creator George R.R. Martin his 2007 sci-fi novel Hunter’s Run, which was co-penned with Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham, is said to be the only one that features a Latino character as its main protagonist.
Now, Hunter’s Run is being adapted into a film with Exile Content Studio leading the way. “Excited to announce that [Exile Content] has acquired the rights to develop a feature film based on George R.R. Martin Hunter’s Run,” reads Exile’s social media.
According to Variety, Hunter’s Run, which will be directed by Mark Raso (Kodachrome), tells the story of a day laborer named Ramón Espejo who is forced to go on the run when he kills an interplanetary diplomat. Upon his escape, Ramón stumbles across a highly sophisticated alien race that attempts to enslave him.
“I’m so pleased that after almost 16 years, Hunter’s Run will be made into a film,” Martin said. “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.”
Along with directing the film, Raso is credited as a co-writer alongside his brother Joseph Raso (Awake). Mark Raso said he and Martin discussed Hunter’s Run years ago and described the novel as one that had “great potential” to be adapted into a movie.
“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,” Raso said.
Nando Vila, Exile’s head of studio, added: “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.”
If they’re looking for candidates for the lead, Pedro Pascal deserves another chance at starring in a George R.R. Martin property where he doesn’t die. Plus, he’s already got the space/alien experience with The Mandalorian. It’s a win/win for everyone involved, including the fans.