Mark Steven Johnson Driving Autobahn

He'll direct the car thriller

After the critical and audience bashing handed out to When in Rome, you might forgive Mark Steven Johnson for skipping movies for a while. But he’s back in the driver’s seat for a project called Autobahn.

Written by Greg Russo, the film – which used to be called I-95 – has now been transplanted from its original America-land setting to the wide, speed-happy roads of Germany, where a washed-up former Formula One driver awakens trapped in a BMW at the side of the road.

A phone starts to ring in the glove box, and when he picks up, he’s chillingly told that the car is one giant bomb and he must drive it to a specific target or his wife and daughter will be killed. Cue some speed. Or, actually, Speed, by the sound of it. That crossed with bits of Cellular. And maybe Phone Booth.

Inferno Entertainment is backing the project and is looking to track down a cast before selling the rights to the movie at this November’s American Film Market. Maybe they should call John Cusack, who almost got to star in a similar-sounding project called Stopping Power a few years ago…