It is being suggested that director Ron Howard is set to take the helm for the forthcoming Formula 1 biopic, Rush. Rush has been written by Peter Morgan, who has worked with Ron Howard on Frost/Nixon and is currently being pitched to the major Hollywood studios.
Rush will centre around the Formula 1 rivalry between three time world champion Niki Lauda and James Hunt, who won the world championship once in 1976 with McLaren. Niki Lauda almost lost his life, when he crashed at the 1976 German Grand Prix and was left severely scarred. James Hunt, who was a renowned playboy, died of a heart attack in 1993, age 45.
It is believed that Green Zone director Paul Greengrass was set to direct Rush but he has since left the project to pursue other avenues. Ron Howard is currently signed on to direct the big screen adaptation of Stephen Kings Dark Tower book. Filming for Dark Tower is expected to begin next year, after filming for Rush is complete.