"Pirates" director to helm autonomous-car comedy

Pirates of the Caribbean's Gore Verbinski will direct madcap, AI-themed "Amazing Race" take-off.

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Gore Verbinski, known best as the director of Pirates of the Caribbean, and Steve Conrad, writer of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, are teaming on a new movie about a driverless car race from Europe to China, according to .  

In the untitled pitch, software companies are tasked with creating the driverless car of the future. But it turns into a competition and then a race, and passengers stuck inside the cars must figure out how to take control as the cars begin to go off-road and off-the-grid. The film is being written as an action-comedy.

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"The driverless car is coming,  It's right around the bend, and it represents an immediate and relevant opportunity to explore the classic 'Man against Machine' genre spliced into a large scale Automotive Rally. Stating the obvious – Things are going to get out of control," Verbinski hyperbolically told Deadline

Verbinski won the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2012 for Rango

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