Brad Pitt to star in $ 140million Formula 1 movie

Hollywood seems to have been stung in Formula 1 mania following an epic season in 2021 with Brad Pitt reportedly on the cusp of making an Apple-backed big-budget movie with sports as its theme.

The story is said to be about an F1 veteran (Pitt) coming out of retirement to mentor a young upstart while trying to win a final world championship.

Deadline reports that the project budget was between $ 130 million and $ 140 million “before over-the-line clearing” and adds that the big draw is Pitt’s star power.

The report adds that director Joseph Kosinski signed up for the project with Ehren Kruger writing the screenplay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Pitt and Kosinski once attempted a racing movie together titled “Go Like Hell” in which the star allegedly played American racing legend Carroll Shelby in a film that aimed to be “The Right Stuff” in motorsport.

A version of Shelby’s story was told in ‘Ford v Ferrari’ with Matt Damon playing Shelby and Christian Bale playing British driver Ken Miles.

In the wake of the popular Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive’ and an intense 2021 season, in which Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton fought for 22 intense and incident-packed rounds. A season that no screenwriter would have dared to write in which the facts were much stranger than the fiction could ever be.

And to top it off, a season finale beyond belief (or anything Hollywood could seriously pull together) in Abu Dhabi.

Hence the renewed interest, perhaps also inspired by motorsport-themed hits such as Senna – The Movie, Rush and the aforementioned Ford v Ferrari.

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