Jon Favreau Could Direct Ryan Reynolds in 'Battle for Bonneville'

October 12, 2012
Source: Deadline

Bonneville Racing

Jon Favreau is a busy guy these days. He recently scored an acting gig in Martin Scorsese's upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street, and behind the camera, he's preparing to get underway on production of an adaptation of Jersey Boys. Plus, he has Disney's Magic Kingdom simmering on the back burner. But now, Deadline announces that New Regency is picking up another project for the busy Iron Man director. He'll direct Battle for Bonneville with Ryan Reynolds starring in the story of two brothers, Art & Walt Arfons, who were racetrack rivals who joined forces to set landspeed records in the famous Bonneville salt flats of Utah.

Dan Gilroy (The Fall, Bourne Legacy) wrote the screenplay, and this is being lined up to hit the starting line right after Favreau crosses the finish on Jersey Boys. It sounds vaguely similar to Ron Howard's own racing drama Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, so there must be a growing fascination with speed blowing through Hollywood these days. Reynolds will play one of the Arfons brothers, but with no word on who will play the other, we're still a bit in the dark on this one. We'll likely be hearing more as soon as Favreau can devote his full attention to it, so stay tuned for more on Battle of Bonneville. Cool?

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It is absolutely cool and about time. Art Arfons and his 'Green Monster' (not the one pictured), not much more than a J-47 fighter jet engine on four wheels and the driver tacked on the side. They battled for years against Craig Breedlove's Spirit of America on the salt flats of Bonneville. Pushing each other they broke 400-500-600 mph records. Great, epic story, if done right.

97point6 on Oct 12, 2012


From what I have read about this so-called "Battle For Bonneville" project writer Gilroy needs to do some serious homework on his subjects, both of whom were personal friends and professional colleagues of mine. The Arfons brothers NEVER put aside their differences. Gilroy is hallucinating to think otherwise and naive to think the families and racing community would stand for such BS in a film. LandSpeed Louise

LandSpeed Louise on Oct 13, 2012

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