Favreau to helm hot rod movie

After directing Zathura, the sequel to Jumanji which is due to hit UK screens next February, Jon Favreau his signed up to develop a post-war diesel-driven drama called Johnny Zero, also for Columbia Pictures.

Favreau, who is a dedicated petrol head, will write and direct the movie, which focuses on the rise of the hot rod in post-World War II America. The pitch behind the film is action based, with a nod or two towards films like the 1953 Marlon Brando-starring motorcycle epic The Wild One.

Favreau also has John Carter Of Mars in his directing crosshairs. The film follows the story of a civil war veteran who ends up on… Mars.