"Wheelman" has had a long and not-so-smooth history, to say the least. It started production at Midway's Australia studio, only to moved to Newcastle in the UK, where it was then re-started a third time when the publisher decided to do all its development in Unreal Engine.
Then there's the film tie-in. Three years ago, Variety wrote an article about Midway's deal with Paramount's MTV Films label to simultaneously develop a "Wheelman" film. The plan back then was to release the game and film, both of which would star Vin Diesel, simultaneously in late 2007. MTV was going to produce the game's soundtrack, sell in-game advertising, and provide significant marketing support.