Director On “Cannonball Run” Remake Tone

Appearing at the Television Critics Association panel for his new YouTube comedy series “Ryan Hanson Solves Crimes on Television,” filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber spoke a bit about one of his upcoming projects – the remake of 1980s cross-country car race classic “The Cannonball Run”.

The original films followed eccentric competitors in a no rules, utterly illegal wacky race – characters played by the likes of Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Fonda, Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Telly Savalas, Adrienne Barbeau, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin and Jackie Chan.

Thurber, who is helming “Skyscraper” with Dwayne Johnson next, confirms to Slashfilm that Tom Lennon and Ben Garant are penning the script and he’s still waiting on that for the moment. He does have an idea of the tone though:

“I think we’re living in a post or current Fast and Furious world. So I don’t think Cannonball can out-Fast and Furious the Fast and the Furious. That’s its own thing, but we definitely want to harness that with the fun of Oceans 11 and put those together. It’ll have to be a different thing than Fast, but should have some great car action, obviously.”

“Skyscraper,” which Thurber admits owes a lot to “Die Hard,” “Towering Inferno” and “Cliffhanger,” begins filming in a week. Thurber is also working on a sequel to the comedy “We’re the Millers” with a script by Adam Sztykiel all done, but the complication now is scheduling.