Speed Racer: According to Variety, Vince Vaughn has gotten Warner Bros. revved up again about "Speed Racer," the live- action adaptation of the Japanese cartoon series.

The project, which is being produced by Joel Silver and Richard and Lauren Shuler Donner, has emerged from a long pit stop after Vaughn pitched his take on the tale, one that casts him in the role of Racer X.

He's the long-lost but protective brother of the title character, the young driver who travels from race to race with his family. Vaughn joins the project as an exec producer, and will be in the pits as the studio hires a writer.

Brian B.