Fox's Remake of Six Pack is Now a Bad Kevin James Comedy
A couple years back, we heard straight from writer/director David Gordon Green that he was working on a remake of the kids racing flick Six Pack. The Playlist says the project started as an original script called Burnin' Rubber but Fox, in all their infinite wisdom, asked him if he could re-write it as the aforementioned remake. Well, Pajiba reports that with all this remake nonsense, Green is no longer involved as the director and instead has opted to attach Kevin James to star with filmmaker Tom Dey, who helmed this summer's comedy classic Marmaduke, directing instead. Here's another project that has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Green will still apparently stay on as producer, but John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, who are the writers and producers of TNT's "The Closer," have taken over writing duties on the script and are working on a rewrite. This is really quite disappointing to hear, especially because, despite the change from an original script to a remake, Green actually sounded passionate and nostalgic about the kind of film he'd written this remake as:
"[Six Pack] was a childhood favorite of mine, it was a race car movie and I wrote a remake of it. My buddy [Jacob] was living in the neighborhood, African American, low-income families in New Orleans and these kids loved NASCAR, and would talk about it all the time and I thought that was badass. And I just love things that aren't expected and are things that are different from what you'd expect from the clichés and stereotypes of the world, it was refreshing.
So Barlow had this idea and we wrote this kids NASCAR movie and we always talked about Six Pack as an inspiration or an influence even though it was very similar to that, but it kinda was. Sort of a crossroads of kids, but we wanted to engineer it more for the kids in our neighborhood and make it more of a redneck shitkicker, it was supposed to be a family movie, but with more of an urban edge to it."
Sadly with Kevin James and Dey now attached to this, it doesn't sound like we'll ever get to see what Green's version of this remake would have been like, although maybe he's moved on to bigger and better. This new iteration sounds like it could be an even worse version of Talladega Nights, but with the not-so-funny Kevin James leading the way. We can thank the Hollywood machine for taking what would've been an interesting original project for families, and turning it into a remake with an established brand and terrible talent. Bravo guys! This time we probably won't be keeping an eye on this project, but we'll be checking anyway.