Gore Verbinski to Direct Self-Driving Race Car Flick at Sony Pictures
If you're getting sick of fast-paced racing flicks where there's drivers behind the wheel, then Sony Pictures might have the remedy (kind of). Deadline reports the studio that just struck a promising deal to share Spider-Man with Marvel Studios has picked up a pitch being called "the Driverless Car Race pic" that will be written by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty scribe Steve Conrad and directed by Pirates of the Caribbean franchise helmer Gore Verbinski. It's an action adventure that follows a transcontinental car race with autonomous vehicles that starts as a software competition but takes a comedic turn. Read on!
While the race between these driver-less cars was set up in order to determine which software company would take the lead on the future of these game-changing vehicles, the competition ends up heading into It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World territory. The passengers placed inside these cars as a fail-safe start to take over the experiment, turning the race from Paris to Beijing into an off-road, off the grid caper that gets more than a little out of control. The project is being fast-tracked by Sony.
Verbinski says, "Essentially, we are going to take the funniest comedic actors of this generation and slowly unleash them as we examine the very notion of ‘passengers’ who fundamentally cannot remain passive." In addition, Conrad says, "We want to invert the whole premise of a road trip where the promise has always been, ‘anything can happen’, and say, ‘what if anything can’t happen’? What does that do to the test subject? What are the breaking points?” Sounds like this could be a cool new approach to the action adventure race premise, but there's a chance it could just devolve into the same stuff we've already seen. Thoughts?