Formula 1: screenwriter Senna to direct Ecclestone documentary series
LONDON: Manish Pandey, who wrote the award-winning racing film Senna, is directing an eight-part documentary series about the life of former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and his transformation in the sport.
The series will be called Lucky! and received the exclusive rights from British billionaire Ecclestone, who was replaced by US-based Formula 1 owner Liberty Media in 2017, who is now 90 years old.
It will also use many archival footage provided by Formula 1.
“Bernie has been able to reflect not only on his days as one of the greatest sports impresarios of all time, but also on his life,” Pandey, who will write and direct, said in a statement.
No release date has been given.
Ecclestone, whose involvement in Formula 1 dates back to the 1950s, said it was the first time he trusted someone to tell his story on the big screen.
Senna, a film directed by Asif Kapadia, chronicles the life and death of three-time Brazilian world champion Ayrton Senna, who died at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix on the Italian circuit in Imola.
Formula 1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali said Ecclestone has played a huge role in the history of the sport.
“With half a billion fans worldwide and racing in 23 countries, the interest and excitement around Formula 1 is huge and there will be an impatient impatience for the series that will take viewers on a journey through life. one of the most interesting characters in sport, “said the former Ferrari boss.
Formula 1 is the subject of a popular Netflix documentary series Drive to Survive, which is currently filming a fourth season, which has been credited with an increase in the sport’s popularity in the United States.