Warners drives 'Trans Am'

Picks up Matt Johnson's action spec

Warner Bros. is revving up its engines, picking up the spec script "Trans Am" by Matt Johnson.

The Southern-fried buddy action script centers on a disgraced sheriff's deputy and a repentant getaway driver who must elude a federal manhunt when they join forces to bring an escaped bank robber to justice. The action unfolds along the Mississippi River in the vein of a Deep South-set "48 HRS."

Matt Reilly will oversee the project for Warners.

Johnson, repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment, was recently hired to adapt the Red 5 comic book "Afterburn" for Relativity and producers Neal Moritz and Tobey Maguire.

His credits include 2004's Warners thriller "Torque" and the 2005 Jessica Alba flick "Into the Blue." He most recently penned the road-race adventure "Baja 1000" for Spyglass.