DeLorean biopic lands director

Helmer Alex Holmes is also helping to develop script

Alex Holmes, one of the directors of HBO's "House of Saddam," has been tapped to helm a not-yet-titled film about auto industry maverick John DeLorean that is being produced by XYZ Films, Time Inc. Studios, and producer Tamir Ardon.

The script, which Holmes is developing with co-writer Rob Warr, is based on rights controlled by DeLorean's son Zachary DeLorean, the executor of the DeLorean estate. Additional rights secured by producers include John's own unpublished memoirs, articles from Fortune and Time magazines and Hillel Levin's book "Grand Delusions."

Holmes and Warr previously collaborated on the BAFTA Award winning BBC TV series "Dunkirk."

The film will tell how the auto exec was caught in an FBI drug trafficking sting but was acquitted on grounds of entrapment.

Holmes is also adapting Robert Mazur's book about Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel for 2929 Prods., as well as rewriting and adapting Jed Rubenfeld's novel "The Interpretation of Murder" for Warners and producer Paula Weinstein.