Brad Pitt and Joseph Kosinski are going racing. According to The Hollywood Reporter a bidding war has broken out over a currently untitled project set to star Pitt, with Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Top Gun: Maverick) set to direct.
Legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer is also onboard with screenwriter Ehren Kruger polishing. Paramount, MGM, Sony, Universal, Disney Netflix, Apple, and Amazon are all said to be bidding. The story is under wraps, but here is where it gets intriguing. British racing driver and seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is also reportedly involved with the project. With Lewis Hamilton involved does this mean the movie will be about Formula One racing?
Hollywood has long tried to make a Formula One movie, as it’s the most-watched, most glamorous, and most valuable motorsport with a truly global following and footprint.
However, movies have proved elusive as the brand is so protected, and also because Formula One teams are highly secretive around their cars and technology, such is the highly competitive nature of the sport.
In 2001 the Sylvester Stallone movie Driven, a passion project for the actor, was supposed to originally be set in the world of Formula One. No team would cooperate to the level required by the producers, so that movie was changed to feature Champ CART series.
Behind the scenes show Formula One: Drive To Survive is a big hit for Netflix and shows the drama, the politics, and the competitive nastiness at the very top of the sport. It is required viewing at The Outpost, but outside these, and documentaries like Senna, Formula One based movies have leaned historical, such as Ron Howard’s Rush.
Nearly ten years ago Pitt and Kosinski were attached to a racing project that was to be called Go Like Hell. That project went through several evolutions and eventually saw the light as James Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari (Le Mans ’66 globally). So they are returning to a long-gestating desire to make a racing movie? Pitt-Kosinski Racing does sound like a motorsport team.