Hollywood Bringing Back "Cannonball Run" Movie?

It's happening again: Hollywood is about to mess with another franchise it has no business touching: "The Cannonball Run".

The original "Cannonball Run" came out in 1981, and was based on an actual illegal road race that was held several times in the '70s. The object was simple: Get from the East Coast to the West Coast as fast as possible.

The movie starred TONS of big celebrities, including Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Jamie Farr, Terry Bradshaw, Peter Fonda, and Jackie Chan. The sequel in 1984 added even more big names, including Frank Sinatra as himself.

The movies were fun, but what people remember the most about them was that they ran blooper reels during the credits. They were among the first movies to do that, and they were great . . . especially when Burt and Dom cracked each other up. (Check 'em out here. WARNING!!! There's some profanity.)

There's no word on casting, but the new version will be written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, who wrote the "Night at the Museum" movies. Lennon also co-created and starred on "Reno 911!" as Lieutenant Jim Dangle. And it'll be directed by Rawson Thurber, who did "Dodgeball" and "We're the Millers".

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