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Ron Howard is negotiating to direct a film based on the 1970s real-life rivalry of Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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Peter Morgan, who wrote the Oscar-nominated scripts for Frost/Nixon and The Queen, penned the movie, titled Rush, which is expected to focus on the indomitable spirit of Lauda, who was burned severely in a racing crash (his right ear is almost entirely gone) but persevered regardless. Filming should begin in the fall, if Howard signs on.

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Though this would seem to conflict with Howard's upcoming cinematic/TV combo adaptation of Steven King's The Dark Tower trilogy, Howard's rep told EW that the long-awaited adaptation remains scheduled to start filming next year. Recent concern over the trilogy's budget has emerged, but Howard and Universal Pictures have assured inquirers that they're working to reach an agreement.