Time to rev up the gears as the reboot to the 1981 ensemble car race comedy The Cannonball Run has found its director.
Rawson Marshall Thurber (right), who directed the hit comedy Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct the reboot to the film, which revolves around various shenanigans during a cross-country car race. The original starred Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jackie Chan. The film spawned two sequels in 1984 and 1989, the latter of which was renamed Speed Zone.
Warner Bros. gained the rights from original film writer Brock Yates (who competed in the real Cannonball race in the 70’s), the Hal Needham estate, and Fortune Star Inc.
The film is currently being written by the team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer are producing the movie. Albert S. Ruddy and Raymond Chow are the executive producers.
Who would you like to see in the modern-day Cannonball Run? More as this develops…