The high drama of the finale of the Formula One season is still fresh in minds. The championship was decided in the last few corners after a decision by the Race Director that was seemingly against the interpretation of the rules. Against that backdrop, Apple is wasting no time trying to get their hands on Brad Pitt’s new racing drama.
Pitt will star for Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski. Writer Ehren Kruger and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are also involved.
Pitt will reportedly play a retired racing legend who mentors a younger driver and takes his final stab at glory on the track as the younger driver’s teammate.
I feel it would be remiss of us, here at Last Movie Outpost, if we didn’t point out to somebody, anybody, that this is the EXACT same plot as Renny Harlin’s 2001 movie Driven.
In which Sylvester Stallone played a retired racing legend who mentors a younger driver and takes his final stab at glory on the track as the younger driver’s teammate.
Are we the only people who have noticed this? Anyway… British Formula One driver, seven-time world champion, and aggrieved party in the aforementioned racing incident this year Lewis Hamilton is involved in the production.
Efforts to involve Formula One itself, officially, in movies have failed recently. Hence why Driven was set in the world of Champ Car racing after courting F1 for several years. Formula One was notoriously protective of its brand.
Apple is apparently willing to pay around $140 million, plus points. Pitt and Kosinski previously tried to make the Carol Shelby biopic Go Like Hell but Le Mans ’66 / Ford vs Ferrari beat them to it.
Paramount, MGM, Sony, Universal, Netflix, and Amazon were reportedly in and bidding on this.