Ryan Reynolds to Star in BATTLE FOR BONNEVILLE with Jon Favreau Directing

     October 12, 2012


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.

walt-and-art-arfons-battle-for-bonnevilleDeadline 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.


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  • LandSpeed Louise

    From what I have read about this 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

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  • Bruce Leibold

    I am excited at the prospect of a film about my Uncle Art. I have told my children countless stories of his adventures and my interactions with him through the years. I would love for them to see a film about him. I am worried, however, that the Hollywood crowd will somehow portray hem as something other than the man he was. He was a quiet, kind, funny guy who did not boast of his conquests. I have never heard him say an unkind thing about anyone or anything. He had a great sense of humor and took things with a grain of salt. I hope Hollywood does not color him in an unfavorable light in order to sell tickets. I pray that this project goes ahead but tells the story accurately.