Director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) is rumored to be circling a remake of the 1981 Burt Reynolds flick The Cannonball Run. According Badass Digest, Ritchie might direct a remake of the film this fall and he wants George Clooney to play the Reynolds role of J.J. McClure. We’ve spoken to sources who can confirm that something is in the works. I’m not sure about the Clooney part, but I can definitely see Ritchie taking on the concept of an illegal cross-country car race and applying his rapid-fire action-comic style.
For those unfamiliar with the original film, hit the jump for a synopsis. We’ll be sure to update you once we know more about this potential project.
Here’s the synopsis for The Cannonball Run:
Burt Reynolds and director Hal Needham team up for the fourth time, this time bringing an all-star cast of characters on a cross-country car race in the vein of 1976 release The Gumball Rally. The police are the least of the Cannonballers’ worries as they push the pedal to the metal in a race from Connecticut to California. Reynolds stars as J.J. McClure, a speed-loving racer disguised as an ambulance driver to outsmart the police. He is paired up with Dom Deluise, who plays his dimwitted sidekick Victor and who, on occasion, dons the suit of Captain Chaos. Rat Packers Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. join the lineup as Ferrari-driving priests, while martial arts expert Jackie Chan takes on one of his first U.S. film roles driving a souped-up Subaru. Among the many other stars are Roger Moore doing a parody of his 007 character, complete with secret devices and weapons, Farrah Fawcett as Pamela, a woman McClure and Chaos pick up, and Jamie Farr as a deranged Islamic sheik. Jack Elam joins the cast as a crazed proctologist along for McClure’s ambulance ride, and Needham makes a cameo as a patient. ~ Rachel Koetje, Rovi [via Fandango]