‘Top Gun 2’ Director Joseph Kosinski Boards Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Chariot’ About A High-Tech Sports Car

Joseph Kosinski, director of Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, and the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, has found his latest potential blockbuster movie. Deadline reports he’ll direct Chariot, a graphic novel adaptation of a spy story with a really cool hook: it centers on a top secret state-of-the-art sports car.

Chariot has a script from Julian Meiojas (Jack Ryan, The Flash) and was picked as a sci-fi thriller cross between True Romance and The Matrix, which sets some damn lofty expectations. The story follows a top secret Cold War era project known as The Chariot, a state-of-the-art sports car designed for a star agent. But the car and the agent both sank into the ocean, only to be discovered by a petty criminal looking to turn his life around. He soon discovers that the deceased agent’s consciousness is still controlling the vehicle.

Warner Bros. won the film in a high-stakes bidding war, and they’re going to throw a lot behind it. The two lead roles are said to be perfect for a pair of A-list actors. Every single one of Kosinski’s movies has been loaded with star power, so why would this be any different?

The film is based on the comic by Bryan Edward Hill (Bitter Root) and artist Priscilla Petraites, with editing by Axel Alonso, a name that should be familiar to Marvel fans.  The studio’s Zack Studin will exec-produce the film version.

Kosinski has two major projects already shot and ready to go. The first is obviously Top Gun: Maverick, but he also has the star-studded Escape from Spiderhead with Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollett that hits Netflix later this year.

Travis Hopson
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