About a year ago Disney announced that they would be developing a big screen 3D adaptation of the Matthew Reilly sci-fi novel Hover Car Racer. When the film was first announced it was titled Hovercar 3D. The film is being described as being like "Harry Potter, but with racing." It is also being compared to Disney's Tron: Legacy film.
The studio is looking to move forward with the film and has hired Superman Returns screenwriter Dan Harris to write a completely new draft of the script. The movie has been in development since 2004, and the script has gone through drafts from David DiGilio, John Sayles, and Blaise Hemingway. Obviously none of them have impressed the studio heads. It was previously reported that commercial director Fredrik Bond was on the project, but there's no word on if he's still attached.
The film is being produced by Smallville showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and the story is about a hovercar racer tasked with escorting an informant to safety as the two come under fire from corrupt government operatives.
This sounds like it could be a very cool movie, and I'm looking forward to seeing it if it ever gets made.
Here's a detailed description of the story:
A SPORT LIKE NO OTHER
In the world of the near future, the most popular sport in the world is hover car racing. Superfast and dangerous, its heroes are the racers: part fighter pilot, part race-car driver, all superstar.
A BRUTAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL
But to get to the Pro Circuit, you must first pass through the International Race School, a brutal cauldron of wild races on even wilder courses, where only the best of the best will survive.
JASON AND THE ARGONAUT
This is the story of Jason Chaser, a talented young racer selected to attend the Race School. He’s younger than the other students. He’s smaller. His trusty car, the Argonaut, is older. But Jason Chaser is no ordinary racer. And as he races against the best drivers in the world he will learn that at Race School winning is everything, that not everyone in this world fights fair, and that you never ever have any friends on the track.
Strap on your seatbelts and hold on tight because the pace of reading just went supersonic! From Matthew Reilly, author of “Ice Station” and “Scarecrow”, comes his most original novel yet – no less than the fastest story ever told.