Gary Ross struck a deal with Universal Pictures to develop and direct an untitled drama revolving around NASCAR racing. The script is being written by Terence Winter, the The Sopranos executive producer who recently adapted The Wolf of Wall Street for Martin Scorsese at Warner Bros.
According to Variety, NASCAR has agreed to cooperate, so Ross will be able to use the circuit's tracks and footage of actual races and drivers, as well as shoot scenes during races.
The NASCAR drama will focus on an up-and-coming driver who scratches his way into the circuit and develops a mentor/rival relationship with the driver he grew up idolizing. The dynamic is made more complex because the vet racer's son drives for his father's team.
A production date has not been set.