We first heard about the inevitable remake of The Cannonball Run remake back in February when Guy Ritchie was linked to the project. What we didn’t know at the time was Ritchie’s big plans for the action-comedy. Ritchie reportedly wants his Snatch star Brad Pitt for the lead plus a few of Pitt’s Ocean’s Eleven castmates to fill out the ensemble, and hopes to shoot in Europe. That’s the Warner Bros. package. Producer Al Ruddy (Million Dollar Baby) is also fielding interest from Fox and director Shawn Levy, next in line if thin. Levy reportedly wants his Night at the Museum star Ben Stiller. Mr. Ruddy: could you, for the sake of science, produce both the Ritchie/Pitt and the Levy/Stiller versions of Cannonball Run? That would be a fascinating case study.
Hit the jump for news of the potential new financier of the remake: General Motors.
A few days ago, we reported that Arnold Schwarzenegger was planning to return to the Terminator franchise with Fast Five director Justin Lin at the helm. However, acting robotically on purpose won’t be Schwarzenegger’s first post-governorship gig. Vulture reports that Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in the drama Cry Macho for director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer). The film, based on the novel the late N. Richard Nash (who also wrote the screenplay before he died in 2000), would see Schwarzenegger as “a damaged-goods horse trainer who’s just been ignominiously put out to pasture by his feckless boss. In exchange for some retirement money, the broken — and broke — horseman agrees to kidnap the boss’ 11-year-old son from his rich Mexican ex-wife. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when the ex-wife is all too glad to be rid of her juvenile delinquent.” Oh, good. Schwarzenegger will be acting opposite a kid. Those movies always turn out so well.
Hit the jump for more on Cry Macho and Schwarzenegger’s other projects.