DODGEBALL star Vince Vaughn has put Warner Bros. back in gear on a live-action version of SPEED RACER, reports VARIETY. Vaughn pitched his take on the film to producers Joel Silver and Richard and Lauren Shuler Donner, which would put the actor in the role of Racer X. The actor will serve as an exec producer on the project along with David Lane Seltzer.
Vaughn's angle on the film puts the family struggles at the center of the film instead of expense racing scenes. The film has been in and out of development for a decade with directors like Gus Van Sant, Hype Williams, Alfonso Cuaron and Julien Temple, having all been interested in the film.
"I've been a fan of the show since I was a kid and I always liked the theme of the protective older brother who can't reveal his identity," Vaughn said.
Starting as a manga titled MACH GO GO GO, the cult TV series was produced by Tatsunoko Prods.