Ron Howard is in early talks to direct Rush, the Formula 1 biopic written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), says Variety.
The film will deal with Andreas Nikolaus "Niki" Lauda's rivalry with English racer James Hunt and the August 1, 1976 accident that left Lauda near death when his Ferrari swerved off the track, which allowed Hunt to win the race.
Paul Greengrass was previously rumored to direct. Cross Creek Pictures (Black Swan) will finance the movie.
Howard is still attached to direct The Dark Tower, which he said they are hoping to start shooting in spring 2012.