Universal has the Fast and Furious films, DreamWorks now has the Need for Speed video game adaptation, and Legendary is working on a high-octane film version of Hot Wheels. And by “film version of” I mean “movie branded with the same name” as there’s clearly no story to adapt from a long-running brand of little toy cars. But the name can be everything.
Now Simon Crane, who cut his teeth as a stunt guy and second unit director before starting to look at directing features, has been set to direct. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote one draft, and now Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show, Homicide, the potential Scarface remake) will rewrite. No word on plot or story yet, but presumably there will be cars going so fast that their wheels become “hot.”
Since Legendary and Universal now have a deal, that means Uni could end up with two racing film series. But the studio could always pass, and let Legendary take Hot Wheels elsewhere, if it decides that’s the best move. [Deadline]
Briefly: Simon Crane, long-time stunt coordinator, was once set to direct the troubled film Kane & Lynch. After cycling through a few directorial attachments, that production seems to have settled on F. Gary Gray as helmer. But Simon Crane has other films lined up now — he’s been working on one called Echelon, a Euro action thriller with Jason Statham. And now he is attached to High Wire, written by The Conspirator screenwriter James Solomon. This one seems to have a very different bent from The Conspirator, however. It is a thriller set in New York City with “a strong emotional component,” per the LA Times.
Echelon will probably be shot first, the director says — easier to get something going when International Action Star Jason Statham is already on board.
Kane & Lynch, the adaptation of the Eidos video game, was originally set to be directed by stunt coordinator Simon Crane. But things have reportedly changed, and we’re told that Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx will now be directed by Wayne Kramer, who previously made the gonzo action picture Running Scared. Read More »