Neil Marshall and Hugh Jackman Gears Up for Drive

I guess “Sacrilege”, the horror/Western that Neil Marshall (“Doomsday”) was supposed to do next, just got put on the back burner, because Marshall has agreed to adapt and direct the novel “Drive” by James Sallis for Universal. The film, about a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway car driver, will star Hugh Jackman. Hossein Amini will adapt the book, while Marc Platt will produce. According to all parties, they’re looking to put this thing on the fast track (no pun intended) for a Summer 2008 start date.


“Drive” marks Marshall’s first big studio job for a non-genre picture, and Universal hopes to make it this summer. Scheduling will determine whether Jackman gets behind the wheel for the L.A. set action thriller.

In the book, the stuntman’s already-exciting existence gets jolted when he discovers that a contract has been put out on his life.

“This is something I haven’t done before, and I’ve wanted to bring a British sensibility to an L.A. shoot and a scorched classic film noir concept,” Marshall told Daily Variety. “Hoss is a fantastic writer, and he’s written three amazing car chases in the film. He’s turned them into dramatic scenes as opposed to the usual crash, bang, wallop. I would like to be shooting it this summer.”

Sounds like a good movie, but I’m still more excited about “Sacrilege”. I mean, come on, a horror/Western from the guy who did “The Descent” and “Dog Soldiers”? That’s about 20 times better than watching Hugh Jackman drive around a car.

Neil Marshall and Hugh Jackman Gears Up for Drive