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Captain Chaos returns! 'Cannonball Run' set for Hollywood remake



If you’re going to make a remake of an ‘80s classic, maybe 1981’s The Cannonball Run fits the bill. That’s what Warner Bros. is hopefully thinking. The studio has just acquired the rights the remake the movie, according to The reboot will simply be called Cannonball. (Where’s the poetry in that?)

The original flick featuring an all-star cast including: Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Jackie Chan, Terry Bradshaw, Mel Tillis and Jamie Farr (who portrayed a Middle-Eastern sheikh … so maybe don’t reprise that spoof for the remake). In the movie, the cast embarks on a highly illegal, but entertaining cross-country race.

The Cannonball Run ended 1981 as the sixth highest-grossing film behind Raiders of the Los Ark, On Golden Pond, Superman II, Arthur and Stripes. That’s pretty good company. No wonder it spawned two sequels (Cannonball Run II in 1984 and Speed Zone in 1989).

Critics, however, hated it. The movie has a 30 percent “fresh rating” on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert said in his 1-star review: “The Cannonball Run is an abdication of artistic responsibility at the lowest possible level of ambition. In other words, they didn't even care enough to make a good lousy movie.”

The remake of Cannonball Run has Etan J. Cohen (Tropic Thunder) to write and direct, so maybe this flick has the wheels to make it all the way to the theaters.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:28am]


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