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The Journey director Nick Hamm to take the helm for DeLorean film Driven

Belfast-born director Nick Hamm will once again team up with The Journey scriptwriter Colin Bateman for John DeLorean feature Driven, according to Deadline.

The film will tell the real-life story of an FBI operation to arrest the car designer for drugs trafficking - with Timothy Olyphant, Jason Sudeikis and Lee Pace all set to star.

Sudeikis will play a con-artist-turned-informant who helps Olyphant’s FBI agent get DeLorean, played by Pace.

The project will be heading to Cannes Film Festival next month and filming is set begin in Puerto Rico this September.

Hamm tells Deadline: “All filmmakers are suckers for a good story and this is a great one – and as yet, untold. It’s about ambition, success and failure in a decade where everything began to change.

"It’s also an intelligent and personal drama about fighting for personal success. An edge-of-your-seat, character-driven and comic wink to the world of power suits, discos and vice. Above all, it’s damn good fun.”

Hamm and Bateman's latest project, The Journey, is set for release on Friday, following huge critical acclaim at the Venice and Toronto film festivals.

It tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between the DUP's Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.

Driven producer, Piers Tempest, said: "We’re excited to expand upon a great filmmaking partnership between Colin and Nick formed on The Journey, in which they were so adept at creating an enticing and funny story of sworn enemies making peace possible.”

DeLorean was a major player in the car manufacturing business, founding the DeLorean Motor Company in 1973.

His most famous product was the DMC-12 - widely known as the DeLorean - which was manufactured in Dunmurry, Co Antrim.

The car became iconic following the release of the Back To The Future trilogy in the 1980s.

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