It’s a time-honored tradition at the start of any year for everyone to declare that this will be the year they finally get around to all of those things they’ve always meant to get around to at some point. Not all of these vows end in success, of course — in fact, it’s right around this point in January that it becomes apparent that some resolutions just aren’t meant to be — but Disney, so far, seems to be off to a great start.

In the first two weeks of the year, the studio’s already assigned directors to Maleficent and its Matterhorn movie, which have been bouncing around since 2010 and 2011 respectively, and has set Rob Marshall to bring Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods to the big screen. Now Disney’s pushing ahead with another project that’s been lingering on the backburner for a while, the sci-fi adventure flick Hovercar, as it hires X2 and Superman Returns scribe Dan Harris to pen the script. More details after the jump.

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Disney Developing ‘Hovercar 3D’

Revisiting The Wachowski’s Speed Racer on DVD, I have wondered if the movie was released a couple years later and filmed in 3D, if it would have been a hit. Well it looks like we might find out, and this time without the hokey characters.

Walt Disney Pictures is developing Hovercar 3D, based on an online serial which resulted in a popular young-adult book series from the Australian novelist Matthew Reilly. The film project is being described as “a live-action techno-thriller” which follows a hovercar racer “tasked with escorting an informant to safety as the two come under fire from corrupt government operatives.” The books have often been compared with Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game or Harry Potter.

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