Playing with Toys

Greetings from Berlin…

Here’s the latest scoop from the production of FAST TRACK, the two-hour movie/series pilot that I wrote and am exec producing for ProSiebenSat1 and Action Concept.

I spent the day in meetings with our director, the line producer, the second unit director, stunt coordinator and the driving supervisor discussing how we are going  to do the races and chases in FAST TRACK. 

These are the professionals who have  been doing  the hit  German series ALARM FOR COBRA 11, so they really know their stuff when it comes to doing incredible car action. But what we are going to be doing in FAST TRACK is stylistically very different from COBRA 11…and, we hope, from what viewers have seen in the FAST AND THE FURIOUS movies (for one thing, we don’t have $60 million to spend!).

We want to  create a unique look that is entirely our own. It starts with character, character and more character…and then cool driving stuff.  So we got out a box of toy cars and began talking about how we are going to do it.

There we were, a bunch of grown men, sitting around a table playing with cars.

Vroom! Crash! Boom!

And in that moment, I was a kid again with my Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys, dreaming of being a writer some day…

I’m such a lucky guy.

Soon the toy cars we’ll be playing with will be real ones!

I finally had a good night’s sleep last night…so, naturally, tomorrow I am leaving for L.A. so I can get hit with jet-lag going the opposite direction and attend casting sessions for two of our four lead roles.

3 thoughts on “Playing with Toys”

  1. Well, at least jet lag is usually a bit less painful when you travel west. You have to grab those silver linings where you can get them.
    Sounds like you’ve had a great trip. It will be interesting to watch from afar as this show progresses.

  2. Glad to hear that FAST TRACK is going well!
    I’m excited to see hot the pilot turns out.
    Speaking of playing with toys…
    The day before yesterday I got to play with a full-sized toy…A day-old Ferrari 599 GTB. It’s the first time I’ve ever been on HWY 101 at 130mph. We were able to time the car’s 0-60 time at 3.55 seconds.
    I believe it is the first time I’ve driven a $350,000 car, as well as a car with 612 horsepower. Comfortable as a Bentley, too!
    Then I came home and picked-up my kids in my Toyota Avalon. Not nearly as fun.
    To quote Ferris Bueller: “That car is so choice…if you have the means, I strongly suggest picking one up.”


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