General Motors could be getting into the movie making business. Vulture reports that the government-owned car maker is in talks to fund a remake of The Cannonball Run.
The remake is being produced by Al Ruddy (The Godfather, Million Dollar Baby) is producing the project, that has two possible suitors to take over the directors chair. One is the Fox-based Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is interested in a version that would star Ben Stiller. The other is looking more promising to Warner Bros. Guy Ritchie's take that would have Brad Pitt starring with some of his Ocean’s 11 stars. Not only does Ritchie deliver box office hits with Sherlock Holmes, but both Ritchie and Pitt are clients of the powerful Creative Artists Agency, which is who represent GM as a corporate client.
The fine print on the deal is still being worked out, but GM wants to be more involved than it was with Michael Bay's Transformers. This time they want to actually have a hard-dollar, equity stake in the movie, which is hard for me to imagine since Transformers had so many GM vehicles in it. Ritchie's take would have a portion of the film shot in Europe. I am imagining seeing the new Corvette blasting down the autobahn in Germany right now. This would be a great way to highlight the new 2014 lineup.
I loved the original films and am excited to see which direction this takes. What are your thoughts on this news? Which version would you like to see?