The Future Is Now: Driverless Car Movies Are Here

February 19, 2015


Look back a few years and the idea of a self-driving car was literally the stuff of science fiction. Now, amazingly, in 2015 this is no longer case. Thanks to hard work, innovative pioneers, and groundbreaking advancements in technology, behold: a self-driving car has at last become the stuff of a Cannonball Run-style ensemble road-race comedy.

This mind-blowing news of mankind's astonishing accomplishment comes from Deadline, where it's being reported that Sony Pictures has acquired a pitch for "a large scale action adventure comedy that's best described as a transcontinental car race with autonomous vehicles."

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty writer Steve Conrad will handle the script and Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lone Ranger director Gore Verbinski is attached to helm the yet-untitled project. The plot is said to focus on a group of tech companies competing in a transcontinental race meant to beta test their experimental driverless vehicles. That catch? The cars have powerless comic actors riding along in them, and things will get out of control as the self-driving cars carelessly steer themselves over ground Silicon Valley already covered pretty well.

"Essentially, we are going to take the funniest comedic actors of this generation and slowly unleash them as we examine the very notion of 'passengers' who fundamentally cannot remain passive," said Verbinski, treating the synopsis like a bull-shitted artist statement.

"At a time when we give more and more liberty away for the benefits of technology, there is nothing more primal and direct as this specific physical abdication of control: Removing a steering wheel from the grasp of human being. The driver-less car is coming. It's right around the bend, and it represents an immediate and relevant opportunity to explore the classic 'Man against Machine' genre spliced into a large scale Automotive Rally."

Alright, Verbinski, but just so you know: if Johnny Depp is the voice of the computer car, it's really going to seem like a screwball sequel to Transcendence.

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