After taking on an action drama with Act of Valor, the production team Bandito Brothers is now set to tackle underground racing. Deadline reports that Scott Waugh, who co-directed Act of Valor, will helm High Speed. The “gritty, stylized car chase film” centers around high-speed pursuit drivers who are “assembled as a unit to stop an elusive, high-end underground racing circuit hellbent on running deadly point-to-point races through major American Cities.” Greg Russo is writing the script, but production isn’t expected to begin until 2013.
High Speed will be financed and entirely self-generated, just as the team did with Act of Valor. I haven’t seen the action drama yet, but given that the trailers feel like Call of Duty: The Movie, I can’t help but think that High Speed may come off as a feature film adaptation of the Need for Speed video game series. No other story details are given, but the team is expected to show off a short demo reel at Cannes in order to raise financing.
Director Mark Steven Johnson (Ghost Rider) is attached to helm an action project entitled Autobahn for Inferno Entertainment. Penned by Greg Russo, Autobahn centers on an ex-Formula One driver who finds himself trapped in a BMW on the side of Germany’s “name your own speed” road of the same name. As the story goes, the driver is informed (via a strategically placed cellular device) that he is to wheel the bomb-strapped car to its intended audience at the risk of losing his wife and daughter. Based upon this description, I can’t help but think that Autobahn is best summed up as the “Buried for people who are aroused by cars.”
The project was previously entitled I-95 but, according to Heat Vision, has seen its setting (from the U.S. to Germany) and title changed so as to appease an ever-important international audience. Per the report, Inferno is hoping to cast the film’s lead prior to the American Film Market which takes place this November. The production company is also housing Brad Pitt’s Cogan’s Trade. As for Johnson, Autobahn will be his first directorial effort since 2010′s dud romantic-comedy When in Rome. Russo currently has his action script Black Ice set up at Alloy Entertainment and is rewriting the actioner Heatseekers for Platinum Dunes.