Another John DeLorean film in the works

Carmaker's only daughter partnering on latest project

The DeLorean sweepstakes just gained another entrant.

Nine/8 Entertainment, Evolution Entertainment and CAA agent-turned-producer Michael Menchel are moving forward with the development of a feature about the life of carmaker John DeLorean. Thomas Fenton, who is repped by APA and Evolution, wrote the screenplay.

Andrew Trapani and Brian Gilbert of Nine/8 are producing along with Andrew Wilson and Stephen Gates of Evolution. Menchel will serve as an executive producer on behalf of his Relevant Entertainment shingle.

DeLorean's only daughter, Kathryn, is partnering with the producers on the film.

"Other producers have asked me to back their projects," Kathryn DeLorean said. "We felt this was the team to tell the right story the right way. This is the definitive John DeLorean movie. We wanted to ensure my father's story was handled properly; the headlines do not begin to tell the tale."

This new project joins a handful of DeLorean projects already in the works. (Soon, there will be as many potential biopics about the man as there were DMC-12s actually made.)

Producer David Permut ("Youth in Revolt") is developing a project with the cooperation of DeLorean's widow, Sally, who is the personal representative of the estate. Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment has a screenplay by James Toback ("Black and White") about the maverick automaker.

XYZ Films, Time Inc. Studios and producer Tamir Ardon also are developing a DeLorean biopic, working off a script by Rob Warr and Alex Holmes (the BBC series "Dunkirk"). Holmes also will direct. That project has the cooperation of DeLorean's son Zachary.

Kathryn DeLorean also has contributed to an in-the-works documentary from filmmaker Jordan Livingston called "Back to the DeLorean."

DeLorean famously left his executive job at General Motors to launch the DeLorean Motor Co., which manufactured his DMC-12s in Northern Ireland during the early 1980s. With its flashy gull-wing doors, the car famously was turned into a time machine in "Back to the Future."

An FBI sting operation led to an accusation of drug trafficking against John DeLorean that eventually resulted in an acquittal, but not before his company went bankrupt after turning out just 9,000 cars. DeLorean died in 2005.

Trapani produced "The Haunting in Connecticut," and Gilbert is developing a new live-action Scooby-Doo project for Warner Premiere.

Evolution and its genre label Twisted Pictures produce the "Saw" series.

Relevant is developing the Paul Potts biopic "One Chance" at Paramount with Simon Cowell as well as the drama "Escape," with Katherine Heigl set to star and produce.