Warner Bros are close to signing Dodgeball and Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber to helm their Cannonball Run reboot. According to Deadline, Reno 911 creators Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant will be taking over writing duties, and production could start as soon as the end of the year.

A Cannonball Run reboot has been on the cards at Warner Bros for the best part of two decades. The premise remains the same and will see an eclectic ensemble cast compete in the live-action equivalent of Whacky Races. Last year, Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Get Hard) was attached to write and direct the Cannonball Run reboot, at the time, it appeared as though it was a done deal. But a year on, and Cohen's name if nowhere to be found.

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The first two Cannonball Run movies featured an array of famous faces including Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Jackie Chan, and Dean Martin taking part in an illegal cross-country race. A third movie titled Speed Zone (or Cannonball Fever) starring John Candy was released in 1989, but it sank without a trace making just $3 million.

I recently rewatched the first two movies on Blu-ray to see how they hold up, my Sunday Afternoon or Bank Holiday rose tinted memories of these films were forever shattered. When I first saw them, all I watched them for was the races, crashes, and The Bandit aka Burt Reynolds. I had looked passed the doggy editing, the stereotypes, and ham acting; I just wanted to see The Bandit back behind the wheel of a car. Think of Burt Reynolds as the older generations Vin Diesel, with a moustache.

Despite their plethora of flaws, both Cannonball Run movies have their moments, and its simple concept is timeless. A couple of years ago, my interest in a Cannonball Run remake wouldn't have been particularly high. However, as the world has decided to go stark raving mad, I think something as simple as a bunch of likable idiots racing cross country is exactly what we need.

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