What do you get when you combine the writer of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty remake and the director of three Pirates of the Caribbean flicks? If you're Sony Pictures, you get "a large scale action adventure comedy that's best described as a transcontinental car race with autonomous vehicles," according to Deadline.

That gets us thinking: the Fast & Furious might be fun (for some), but when was the last time we had a really good live-action car movie? In fact, when was the last time we had a few awesome car scenes in a movie that wasn't Rush, which is an unfair candidate? Drive? Quantum of Solace?

This probably isn't it, since it's likened to 1963's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, but on the historic Paris-to-Peking (now Beijing) route instead of Southern California and with cars that drive themselves. The sketched-out premise so far is that what begins as a beta test of autonomous software turns into an actual race, with the ostensible passengers trying to take the wheel. See ref: ensue, hijinks. We're just hoping this doesn't mean Herbie with a bunch of Jerry Lewis'.

There's no tentative release date yet so who knows if it will ever hit the metroplex, but you can't say that Hollywood doesn't buy original ideas.

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