Etan Cohen to Direct ‘Cannonball Run’ Reboot for Warner Bros.

Etan Cohen to Direct 'Cannonball Run'
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“Get Hard” director Etan Cohen has been set to write and direct a remake of “The Cannonball Run” for Warner Bros., sources confirmed to Variety.

The studio recently acquired rights to the film, with Andre Morgan and Alan Gasmer producing. The original franchise, revolving around an illegal cross country race where participants did whatever it took to win, starred Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dom DeLuise.

WB acquired all sequel and remake rights to the franchise from original copyright owners Brock Yates, the Hal Needham Estate and Fortune Star LTD. Albert S. Ruddy and Raymond Chow are the exec producers.

Jesse Ehrman and Julia Spiro overseeing for Warner Bros.

Cohen broke onto the scene after co-writing the box office hit “Tropic Thunder” with Justin Theroux and has since penned “Men in Black 3” and “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” He most recently wrote and directed “Get Hard,” starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. He is repped by CAA and Mosaic.

The rights deal was brokered by WME and attorney Alan Schwartz of Greenberg Truarig. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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  1. Frank Sinatra was NOT in the Cannonball Run (1981)

  2. JB says:

    I can’t but he could…
    Who could?

  3. Steve Grah says:

    I ended up watching ‘Cannonball Run’ next-door, as direct result of the 1st kid (in ‘American Werewolf In London’) being torn up…and frankly I came out of that theatre with a far bigger grin on my face, than Mom & Dad had on thiers. The entire movie pretty much revolved around the oftentimes painfully-obvious chemistry that existed between Reynolds and De’Louise, and the rest of the ensemble-cast were either icing on the cake, rather than just along for the ride. It was a time when screen-icons of that era felt little or no-need whatsoever to either take themselves seriously or to upstage each-other. Cohen is good, but I doubt he (or anyone else for that matter) stand a snow-balls chance in HELL of ever constructing a similarly-feeling film that is nearly as fun and light-hearted as the original. If nothing else, I’d avoid it out of sheer respect to Burt, who has had to endure watching most all of his co-stars (of that film) pass-on. I think only Jackie Chan and Roger Moore are left ? ? ?

  4. Rex says:

    Yet another old gem that really doesn’t need remaking. No cast you could put together could bring the kind of camaraderie to the table that the original cast had. Sure, it felt like a big party at Burt’s place, but that was part of the charm. I can see a remake being all about “Big” jokes and more elaborate car crashes (hopefully performed by real stuntmen, at least, and not CG), but they’ll never capture what makes the original so re-watchable. Not saying a remake wouldn’t be fun, since Cannonball Run is hardly some AFI classic, but it’ll probably end up being akin to the recent Vacation sequel, and about as popular at the boxoffice.

    Oh well, I’m just grateful no one has gotten their grimy remake hands on Chuck Bail’s Gumball Rally, which a far better film than Cannonball Run.

  5. witzshared says:

    Have you noticed the void of imagination in Hollywood these days? So many remakes and very little original scripts. They honestly believe because they have fancy graphics, computer generated scenes, loud crashes and explosions with pints of blood but the scripts are dumbed down and they wonder why no one is going to the movies. Sounds like an infusion of diversity is needed to get some new ideas.

  6. Andrew P says:

    Sinatra wasn’t in Cannonball Run. He was in the sequel

  7. Bob Wager says:

    Please don’t. Please D O N ‘ T!

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