By Christine Spines
Updated August 13, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

According to Variety, Alex Holmes, the writer-director behind HBO’s House of Saddam, has been hired to write and direct a biopic about John DeLorean, the disgraced visionary car designer of the racecar that bore his last name and was busted for drug use at the peak of his career. Time Inc. (EW’s parent company) and XYZ Films will produce the true crime thriller.