Cannonball Run Remake Gets a New Director


Last year Warner Brothers announced their intention to remake (sorry, “relaunch”) The Cannonball Run, their 1981 cross-country road race comedy starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Peter Fonda and Jackie Chan. With the Fast & Furious franchise still going strong, there clearly seems to be room for more vehicular-based mayhem on the big screen. Etan Cohen (Get Hard) was originally attached to write and direct, but since then he has apparently moved on from the project. Fortunately, they have a new director and writing team lined up that make it very clear that this will maintain the comedic tone of the original. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to Deadline, Warner Brothers is in negotiations with Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers) to direct a new take on The Cannonball Run believed to be titled simply Cannonball. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911!, Night at the Museum) are also in talks to pen the script. Alan Gasmer (Vikings) remains on board as a producer along with Andre Morgan, who executive produced the original film along with many other Golden Harvest films including Enter the Dragon, Megaforce and Deadly Eyes.

Rawson Thurber obviously flirted with directing action in Central Intelligence but his next film will be a full blown action-thriller starring Dwayne Johnson called Skyscraper. Lennon and Garant most recently had a story credit on Baywatch (ouch) and wrote and directed the horror-comedy Hell Baby. No word yet on who might star but something tells me there is a good chance The Rock will be a part of the all-star cast. Are you looking forward to a new version of The Cannonball Run?

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  • Mrespony

    I’ll watch it. Love the first one.

  • Mike99

    I’m not really a fan of his previous films, but Dax Shepard seems like he would have been a good choice for something like this.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    What, no Gumball Rally remake first?