As a slim 158-page paperback, James Sallis’s Drive is a tight read and one that you can finish in an afternoon. Yet, five years after its initial publication, the book has attracted quite a few names to the film adaptation. The latest, according to Risky Business, is Carey Mulligan, recent Academy Award nominee for An Education. She’s currently in negotiations to play the female lead alongside Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston.
Nicolas Winding Refn, of the Pusher trilogy and Bronson previously, is directing the adaptation. The book is straight up noir in every since of the word.
“Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake.”
Gosling plays the nameless Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a freelance getaway driver for heists. When a bank robbery goes wrong, though, he ends up on the run with a contract on his head and an ex-con’s girlfriend (Mulligan) in his car.
The project has no domestic distributor – it was at one time set up with Universal Studios – but will begin shooting around Los Angeles next month. Hossein Amini (Killshot) wrote the adapted screenplay.
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