Director Doug Liman is the most recent name to attach himself to a remake of Cannonball Run, one of Burt Reynolds’ more ridiculous ’70s comedies that has since found cult status over the years.
Liman will take over for Rawson Marshall Thurber, according to Deadline. For anyone not as ancient as myself, Cannonball Run was a cameo-laden race-across-the-country spoof that starred Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Roger Moore, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., and a whole host of other celebrities of the time in bit parts. There isn’t much to the story, and it’s been done over and over for years, but it’s been a while since Rat Race.
Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are writing the screenplay – at least the first draft. This new Cannonball Run still has quite a long road to travel, as we have been on this section of highway before. There is still no shooting schedule, finished draft, or a single star attached. Hopefully Doug Liman can reach far and wide to fill the movie with solid cameos. He does have a strong relationship with Tom Cruise it seems…
Stay tuned for any release details or casting announcements. In the meantime, check out the original Cannonball Run. If we’re in the trust tree here, it is pretty fun.