Britney's Film Career Races To NASCAR Project

Britney Spears is ready to put her film career in the fast lane as a rumored Spears-NASCAR project has officially been given a green light. The superstar singer and her newly named production company,

Britney Spears is ready to put her film career in the fast lane as a rumored Spears-NASCAR project has officially been given a green light. The superstar singer and her newly named production company, Britney Spears Productions (BSP), have closed an agreement with NASCAR to develop and produce a dramatic ensemble film set in the auto racing world.

"Contact" scribe Jim Hart is writing the untitled screenplay that would see Spears star in the fictional story as the daughter of a successful, modern-day NASCAR team owner who uses her knowledge and experience in the family business to inspire a former driver to return to the sport. Contrary to early reports, Spears will not play a NASCAR driver.

NASCAR, which is very protective of its brand and the values it has come to represent, signed the deal with BSP after the corporation and BSP principals -- Spears, her manager Larry Rudolph, and "Crossroads" producer Ann Carli -- came to an agreement that the story line of the film would stay true to the sport and show its participants in the most authentic light.

Though the $40 million-$50 million -budgeted project is still in early scripting stages, Carli said she plans to have a near-final draft in August with a planned start date of first-quarter 2003. The elements that still have yet to be put in place are a director and a distributor. If an early 2003 start is achieved, it would coincide with the start of the NASCAR season, which kicks off in February.

"Our goal is to create a film that honestly portrays the spirit of NASCAR," Carli said. "It is not just about winning -- it's about family, perseverance and the belief that any dream is possible."

Although the NASCAR project is the first to be announced out of BSP, the company has two other projects in the development pipeline. But before she can fully turn her attention to film projects, Spears must finish the summer leg of her North American Dream Within A Dream Tour, which is set to wrap up July 27 in Mexico City.

The artist was forced to cut short a show Friday night in Lubbock, Texas, after a power failure. Spears had performed only two songs before a member of her management appeared on stage and told the crowd the concert was canceled because of safety concerns.

-- Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter



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