Walt Disney Pictures is moving forward with Hovercar, adapting Matthew Reilly’s 2004 novel, “Hover Car Racer” for the screen. The Hollywood Reporter has word that the studio has brought aboard Superman Returns screenwriter Dan Harris to attempt a new draft of the property.
Planned for the screen for some time, a previous take on the property was written by Blaise Hemingway and landed on the 2010 “Black List” of unproduced screenplays. On his official site, Reilly describes the novel as follows:
In the world of the near future, the most popular sport in the world is hover car racing. Superfast and dangerous, its heroes are the racers: part fighter pilot, part race-car driver, all superstar.
But to get to the Pro Circuit, you must first pass through the International Race School, a brutal cauldron of wild races on even wilder courses, where only the best of the best will survive.
This is the story of Jason Chaser, a talented young racer selected to attend the Race School. He’s younger than the other students. He’s smaller. His trusty car, the Argonaut, is older. But Jason Chaser is no ordinary racer. And as he races against the best drivers in the world he will learn that at Race School winning is everything, that not everyone in this world fights fair, and that you never ever have any friends on the track.
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, best known for “Smallville,” are producing the sci-fi action film.