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The Cannonball Run relaunch finds its director and writers

14 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is revving its engines on The Cannonball Run, with the studio is talks with director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) and screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum).

Described as a “relaunch” of the series rather than a remake, the new film is being produced by Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer (Vikings) and will once again focus on the legendary illegal cross-country race. Tropic Thunder screenwriter Etan Cohen was previously attached to write and direct the film, but has left for unspecified reasons.

The first Cannonball Run movie was released in 1981, and was followed by sequels in 1984 and 1989. The original film featured an all-star cast which included the likes of Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jackie Chain, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett. »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Cannonball Run’ Reboot Taps ‘Central Intelligence’ Director

12 June 2017 3:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. is negotiating with “Central Intelligence” director Rawson Thurber to helm a reboot of the “Cannonball Run” franchise.

Reno 911” stars Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant are also in talks to write the script.

Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer are producing the movie. Albert S. Ruddy and Raymond Chow are the exec producers.

The original franchise starred Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dom DeLuise. The films centered on an illegal cross-country race where the participants played dirty tricks on one another.

The series produced three films, with the first, “The Cannonball Run,” released in 1981 and the most recent, “Speed Zone,” in 1989.

Warner Bros. acquired all sequel and remake rights to the franchise from original copyright owners Brock Yates, the Hal Needham Estate, and Fortune Star Ltd.

Thurber recently directed the Dwayne Johnson-Kevin Hart action-comedy “Central Intelligence,” which grossed almost $217 million worldwide on a $50 million budget, »

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Cannonball Run Remake Gets Central Intelligence Director

12 June 2017 3:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

More than five years after a Cannonball Run remake was first put into development by Warner Bros., the studio is finally moving forward on the project. Warner Bros. has brought on Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) to direct this new version of Cannonball Run, with the writing team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum franchise) coming aboard to write the script. Andre Morgan, who produced the original Cannonball Run movies, is producing alongside Alan Gasmer, although no production schedule was released at this time.

We first heard about a Cannonball Run remake in October 2011, when the studio was reportedly considering Guy Ritchie and Shawn Levy to direct the film. That report also claimed that Guy Ritchie was eyeing Brad Pitt to star, while Shawn Levy wanted Ben Stiller. The studio was reportedly trying to secure financing from General Motors, through a deal that would showcase »

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‘Cannonball Run’ Revving: Rawson Thurber In Talks To Direct, Lennon & Garant To Write Script

12 June 2017 1:16 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Warner Bros is negotiating with Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant to write and Rawson Thurber to direct a relaunch of the Cannonball Run franchise. Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer (Vikings) are producing. Studio set this up last year, originally intending for Etan Cohen to both write and direct. Lennon & Garant wrote the Night At The Museum franchise. Thurber helmed Dodgeball and Central Intelligence and will next team with Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper for… »

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