Deadline, reports are in that the the studio is heading onto the tarmac with writer Steve Conrad and director Gore Verbinski for a new comedy with no one behind the wheel. Steering into Its A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World-like territory the currently Driverless Car Pic (working title, naturally) sees two leading companies in the automotive world go head to head with vehicles that dont need any human input. Keen to show the other up, said parties set up a transcontinental trip that eventually sees the cars go a bit out of control and off the route, with passengers inside each vehicle keen to take control. Laughs are had, cars are dented and someone nearly drives into a cow, probably. Theres currently no cast confirmed just yet but Verbinski told the trade that essentially, we are going to take the funniest comedic actors of this generation and slowly unleash them as we examine every notion of passengers who fundamentally cannot remain passive. Conrad added, we want to invert the whole premise of a road trip where the promise has always been, anything can happen, and say, what if anything cant happen? What does that do to the test subject? What are the breaking points.? Clearly hes not been on that many road trips when the radio doesnt work, or no one knows how to play the alphabet game. Expect this to start flying through the development stages now that Verbinski and Conrad have free time following their North-Korea based-film, Pyongyang, getting canned. So far, its sounding not too dissimilar from a National Lampoons Vacation or any other road-trip movie, if it werent for Verbinskis input. Considering this man is a dab hand at working stunning set pieces (even though the story surrounding it might be lacking), itll be interesting to see what he can deliver when hes on the road. Just leave Johnny Depp on the pavement will you, please? Theres a good lad.