John Wells, who recently directed the feature film August: Osage County, is set to direct the big screen motorcycle racing drama Splinter Way. Wells is best known for his work producing and directing a number of TV series over the years, including ER and the current Showtime comedy Shameless. Wells will also produce this project via his own production company.
Set in the early 20th Century on the brink of World War I, the movie centers on two brothers trying to succeed in the emerging sport of motorcycle racing.
Writing the screenplay for this Warner Bros. film is Mitchell Akselrad, who wrote and produced AMC’s historical drama series Turn: Washington’s Spies. It is Akselrad’s first feature film, although a movie based on his Blacklist script, The Titans of Park Row, about competing press barons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, is said to be in development.