Universal Pictures may have the Fast & Furious franchise, but Warner Bros is entering the race of car-stuffed cinema with a new movie inspired by the Gumball 3000, an annual British race of 3,000-miles that utilizes public roads. Variety reports that Chernin Entertainment has scored the rights to this eccentric race, and—with the aid of Warner Bros—will develop a moving using Gumball 3000 as a backdrop to an Ocean’s Eleven sort of adventure.

In case you’ve never heard of the Gumball 3000 before, it’s important to know it’s not really a race in the traditional sense. No one really cares who finishes first. There are no prizes for fastest time. Instead this race is more about the road-tripping journey. The Gumball 3000 was founded in 1999 by British fashion designer Maximillion Cooper. Most of its 120 annual entries are made up of exotic and revved up sports cars, though less traditional racing vehicles like police cars and camper-vans have been known to make their way into this loose-limbed competition. It’s thought that this unusual race takes its title from a 1976 comedy about an illegal street race that takes drives over country roads across America. Check out the trailer for this lesser-known gem below:

Notably, no mention of this movie is made in the Variety write-up. So, it seems highly unlikely Warner Bros will find much inspiration here. Given the reference to Ocean's Eleven, I’m speculating that Warner Bros and Chernin Entertainment will set up a goofy gang of crooks who pull off a heist and then get caught up in the Gumball 3000 upon their escape, either by accident or by design. Of course, it’s impossible to think of Ocean’s Eleven without remembering its sleek style. As its director Steven Soderbergh insists he’s retired from filmmaking, Warner Bros will have to find a helmer with a keen skill for action and comedy, or else this early on Ocean’s Eleven comparison will set them up for failure.

Aside from the slick Soderbergh style and cunning criminal plotline, Ocean’s Eleven stands out because of the sharp and sexy ensemble cast that was stacked with stars including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Elliot Gould, Carl Reiner, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle. Maybe WB is planning the same starry lineup here?. Given that Ocean’s Eleven took in an impressive $450 million worldwide, and spawned sequels that both surpasses the $300 mil mark, it's a solid strategy.

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