Ron Howard to direct Formula 1 movie

Updated: Jun 23, 2011, 09:01 AM IST

Los Angeles: Oscar-winning director Ron Howard is reportedly set to direct the Formula 1 inspired movie `Rush` after Paul Greengrass pulled out of the project.

Howard will get behind the camera for the project which tells of the 1970`s rivalry between the late playboy British driver James Hunt and his Austrian nemesis Niki Lauda,
a newspaper reported.

It was earlier reported that Greengrass was confirmed to direct the film, but he has since opted out to work on other projects.

Howard, best known for his movies `A Beautiful Mind` and `The Da Vinci Code`, will reunite with screenwriter Peter Morgan - the pair worked together on the acclaimed
`Frost/Nixon`.

The 57-year-old is looking to shoot the movie in Europe this year on a budget of around USD 50 million. The movie`s subjects, Lauda and Hunt, dominated Formula 1 in the
1970`s but their contrasting lifestyles made for a compelling rivalry.

Hunt was known for his high-end London dining and party lifestyle, while Lauda led a subdued life and once contemplated suicide during a low point in his career.

PTI