Currently shooting The Expendables 2, director Simon West is now in negotiations to direct the car racing movie Dust and Glory, independently produced by Top Cat Media and Blue Star Entertainment.

Based on a novel by Evan Green, the romance adventure project is set during the 1950s' Redex trials, which covered more than 10,000 miles of some of the toughest racing terrain in Australia, if not the world. Described as being a cross between Mad Max and The Jewel of the Nile, the Robert Lewis Galinsky-written script follows the rivalry between an American hotshot and an Australian legend.

Production is being eyed for a summer start in Australia. Producers hope to go out to cast before year's end.