Cinematographer in talks to direct DreamWorks film

Cinematographer Lance Acord, who shot Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich” and Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” is in negotiations to make his feature directorial debut with DreamWorks’ “Racing Dreams.”

Pic is an adaptation of Marshall Curry’s documentary “Racing Dreams,” which won doc prize at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Story followed three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Assn.’s National Pavement Series. Clocking speeds up to 70 mph, the trio chase the National Championship title and move closer to achieving their dream of becoming NASCAR racers.

DreamWorks exec Jonathan Eirich will oversee the project for the studio.

Acord and Jackie Kelman-Bisbee are co-owners of Park Pictures, the company founded in 2000 that recently produced its first film, “Robot and Frank.” SPWA acquired the Jake Schreier-directed film out of Sundance, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan prize. Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the pic next month.

Acord is an accomplished commercials helmer. His additional credits as a cinematographer include Vincent Gallo’s “Buffalo 66″ and Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Acord is repped by CAA.

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