According to Deadline Hollywood, Evan Rachel Wood is now attached to 18 Wheel Butterfly, the forthcoming throwback film from director Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer, For Lovers Only). The film was written by newcomer Christian Divine and tells the 1977-set story of a female truck driver named Rainbeaux who is wrongfully accused of a crime which forces her on a highway chase away from Smokey and some fellow truckers.
The project, headed by Aaron Magnani at Water Bear Productions is looking for financing.
It’s definitely got a unique tilt to it as well as some magnetic talent, although it’s curious why both Polish Brothers aren’t working together on this or on Michael’s forthcoming Big Sur. If the money gets its budget and becomes a success, it’s easy to imagine studios following suit with movies about women truckers or figuring out what 1977 titles are in their libraries for the remaking. At any rate, hopefully this project has room for a Burt Reynolds cameo.