Are we quietly having a racing car movie trend? Ron Howard’s “Rush’ is finished and ready to go next fall, and now we have word from Deadline that New Regency is ready to acquire “The Battle for Bonneville,” a package deal that includes a script by Dan Gilroy, Jon Favreau as director, and Ryan Reynolds as the star.
The movie focuses on Art and Walt Arfons, half-brothers who were “rivals on the race track until they put aside their differences and teamed to set the world land speed record three times. This was accomplished in the salt flats of Utah in a jet-powered race car.”
Who should play Reynolds’s half brother? Ryan Gosling. It’s so obvious. They’re both Canadian and name Ryan so they’re practically related anyway.
Favreau is next set to direct the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys,” but is hoping that “Bonneville” will come after that. Deadline says he’s a car guy, hence the interest. I don’t know him personally so I’ll have to take their word.
Reynolds will next be seen in “R.I.P.D.” with Jeff Bridges. He’s also in talks to star in “The Voices” for Marjane Satrapi.