'Daredevil' Director Mark Steven Johnson to Drive on the 'Autobahn'
Though he hasn't had much luck delivering the best comic book adaptations by directing Daredevil and Ghost Rider, his move into romantic comedies with When in Rome didn't fare much better. So now Heat Vision reports director Mark Steven Johnson is looking to get into the action genre without any comic book influence as Inferno Entertainment has set him to direct Autobahn, a fast-paced action thriller from writer freshman writer Greg Russo. Formerly known as I-95, the high speed project has switched its setting from the United States' Eastern seaboard to Germany so it has a little more international appeal.
The story follows a washed-up ex-Formula One driver who wakes up trapped inside a BMW on the side of the Autobahn, Germany’s famed high-speed roadway, which has no general speed limit. He answers a phone ringing in the glove box, only to be told that he has 90 minutes to deliver the bomb-rigged car to a target or his wife and daughter will be killed. Sounds like a movie for Jason Statham or Liam Neeson, but no lead actor has been attached to the feature yet. As generic as it sounds, with the story set on the Autobahn, it has the potential to be a really fun action flick. Let's hope Johnson is up to the task and can deliver something better than his previous work behind the camera.
So he's stuck on a long, straight road? Considering they are setting this in Germany, that is insultingly lazy, even if the Autobahn is iconic. Imagine they set this shit on the Nordschleife. Add Jason Statham and a bunch of classic and modern super cars, and you have a thinking man's Fast & Furious (if a thinking version of that glorious piece of shit is even possible).
Lebowski on Aug 5, 2011
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