Disney has bought feature film rights to writer Matthew Reilly’s teen techno-thriller “Hover Car Racer.”
Pic will be produced by Beacon and Alfred Gough and Miles Millar under their production deal with the Mouse House.
Reilly’s novel was first made available online for free, and a partial manuscript was shopped to the studios. Book will be published by Simon & Schuster in two volumes.
Pic is set in the near future, with hover car racing the Formula One of its time. A 15-year-old boy who qualifies for the famed International Race School fights it out in races on the international circuit, including a white-knuckle super-race that winds through New York City.
Disney exec Kristin Burr is overseeing the project.
Reilly previously wrote the international bestsellers “Ice Station” and “Scarecrow.”