New Regency is reportedly in final negotiations to land Battle for Bonneville, a true story based on half-brothers, rivals and land speed record holders, Art and Walt Arfons. Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is attached to star with Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directing. The script, from Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), will follow the exploits of the half-brothers from their time as competitors on the race track to their eventual cooperation on the salt flats of Utah where they set three land speed world records in their jet-powered vehicle. Hit the jump for more on this project.
Deadline reports that Reynolds will star as one of the brothers with Favreau directing and developing Battle for Bonneville. The title comes from the “Bonneville Speedway,” an extensive region of salt flats in northwestern Utah where land speed records are made to be broken. The Arfons boys built numerous versions of their racing vehicle, The Green Monster, which were initially dragsters that morphed into jet-powered racers. (The name came from the initial attempt, a three-wheeled dragster finished with left over green tractor paint.) Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove traded bragging rights numerous times in the mid 1960s.
Reynolds has two upcoming vocal roles in animated films (The Croods and Turbo), in addition to the comic adaptation R.I.P.D. He’s rumored to be toplining the Juan Carlos Fresnadillo-helmed Highlander reboot and possibly starring as the Merc with a Mouth in a standalone Deadpool feature. He’s also recently been attached to star in Atom Egoyan’s Queen of the Night and is reportedly circling director Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices. Slacker.