Robert Altman (A Prairie Home Companion) and writer Stephen Harrigan are developing a script inspired by the events depicted in S.R. Bindler's 1997 documentary Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary, which recounted a Texas endurance contest that offered a new Nissan Hardbody truck as the prize.
The last person left standing with a hand on the truck got to take it home. Altman has wanted to direct the project for years and now says it will be his next film.
Harrigan is currently working on the screenplay, and Altman has begun talking to such actors as Billy Bob Thornton and Hilary Swank. Altman hopes to start production in January with a $10 million budget.