Friday, May 08, 2009


Paramount Pictures is accelerating its efforts to put "Fast and Furious" star Vin Diesel back behind the wheel of a fast car according to THR.

The studio has hired John Singleton to direct and Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce "The Wheelman," a live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft vidgame "Wheelman." The videogame launched last month, with Diesel as its main character and the game's producer.

Diesel will play an expert driver who comes out of retirement to protect a woman from his past.

Singleton knows his way around a car chase, having directed "2 Fast 2 Furious," the sequel that Diesel skipped.

Di Bonaventura produced Paramount's summer pics "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," set for June 24 release, and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," opening Aug. 7. Di Bonaventura is currently shooting the Angelina Jolie starrer "Salt" for Columbia Pictures.