Neil Marshall has signed on to direct the action thriller Drive, Universal's adaptation of the James Sallis novel. Hugh Jackman is attached to play a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway car driver in heists.

Drive marks Marshall's first big studio job for a non-genre picture, Variety reported.

In the book, the stuntman's already-exciting existence gets jolted when he discovers that a contract has been put out on his life. "This is something I haven't done before," Marshall said, "and I've wanted to bring a British sensibility to an L.A. shoot and a scorched classic film noir concept.

Production will begin this summer.