EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is acquiring Go Fast, an action vehicle that will be written by Rich Wilkes for Kick-Ass 2 helmer Jeff Wadlow to direct. I’m told that the title refers to the fast boats that are used by DEA agents to thwart drug smugglers on the high seas. What The Fast And The Furious did with cars, the film intends to do for these lightning-fast water crafts. Broken Road’s Todd Garner is producing.
This becomes the second big studio project for Wadlow, who is also writing to direct X-Force, another spinoff of Marvel’s X-Men franchise, which is being developed by 20th Century Fox. Wadlow directed his first studio film in Kick-Ass 2 after writing the sequel and getting the blessing to direct it from rights holder Matthew Vaughn, who helmed the original. Wadlow this week brings Kick-Ass 2 to San Diego, introducing the cast at Comic-Con. Sony’s Sam Dickerman and Hannah Minghella bought Go Fast for Sony, and Broken Road’s Jeremy Stein brought it in. Wadlow is repped by WME, Wilkes by Verve and Management 360.Wilkes is best known for writing xXx, the action hit that starred Vin Diesel and was made by Sony Pictures and Revolution Studios. More recently, he spent time writing a movie on Motley Crue for David Fincher and Paramount, and also adapted Brother Sam for HBO, the Sam Kinison biopic that David Permut is producing, with Larry Charles looking to direct.