I recently re-watched "The Running Man" which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and was based on the novel by Stephen King. I saw that movie when I was much younger, and remember fairly enjoying it. That said, its kind of a rough ride when you see it again. Arnold is at the height of his one-liners and it is full of campy 80's cheese. Its sort of cool for a nostalgic look back at that period but it doesn't hold up all that great.
I also read the book which it is based on as part of my podcast (No Deodorant In Outer Space - http://www.nodeodorant.com) which was reviewing both. The book is much better. Its darker and more gritty. Plus the protagonist is pitted against the entire world rather than a bunch of silly gladiators (though I do have to admit I enjoy the gladiators). Considering when the book was written, its a very forward looking book-especially that we are now quite deep in a reality-show era of television and media.
Anyway, I would recommend the book for anyone (the few) who isn't familiar with Stephen King outside of horror. It's a very very fast-paced book and reads well as a sort of dystopian thriller. Check it out.
I've seen rumors that Arnold's been thrown old-scripts to remake, but I don't this one will get redone. It might be cool if someone else does a more faithful version to the book.
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