TOMB HELMER WEST
TO DIRECT CAR MOVIE
Copyright 2002 www.variety.com
[ October 22nd 2002 ]
deal worth $1.8 million against $3 million, Columbia
Pictures has purchased RPM, a high-octane spec
script by Joel Wyman. Simon West, whose action
credits include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Con
Air, will direct the film next spring. Wyman will
produce with John Baldecchi, with whom he last
teamed on The Mexican.
out to do the pre-eminent car movie, to set a
benchmark, and we came up with an underground
road rally wrapped around a heist," Wyman said.
The film will revolve around a Butch Cassidy and
the Sundance Kid-like pair of outlaws who are
among racers tooling around in Maseratis, Aston-Martins,
Lamborghinis and Ferraris. The underground race
takes place in London, Monaco, Paris and Germany.
said the film will begin prepping in January,
with expectations that production will begin when
the Monte Carlo Grand Prix is run next May so
footage can be included in the film. That gives
Sony yet another big-ticket production start for
next year, along with the likes of "The Amazing
Spider-Man," which will bow in summer 2004.
reps at Endeavor put the script on the road to
studios early Tuesday. Within hours, Columbia
Pictures, led by Amy Pascal, Peter Schlessel and
Ange Gianetti, took RPM off the table with the
big bid. Jason Hoffs is aboard to exec produce
with Jib Polhemus. The scribe bonded with West
because they are exec producing the London-based
Keen Eddie, a Fox series that is shooting 13 episodes
and will begin airing in January with Mark Valley
playing a Gotham detective who relocates to London.
Wyman created the series, and West directed the
and Baldecchi have been shaping the vehicle that
became RPM since they teamed on The Mexican at
DreamWorks. Baldecchi since has aligned with Columbia,
where he is readying The Return of Castle Wolfenstein,
among other projects. He's also producing The
Argonauts at DreamWorks with Steve Sommers and
Treasure Island"with Walden Media.