In a report from Deadline, Apple Studios confirmed the deal to acquire a Formula 1 film starring Brad Pitt, directed by Joseph Kosinski. The streaming service was negotiating competitively to land the project, dating back to January. The film has yet to receive a title, although a few tidbits of information about the movie allow us to speculate. Pitt will be playing a retired driver who is forced to return to F1 racing and compete alongside a rookie against the best drivers the sport has to offer.
According to motorsportstickets.com, Pitt is the perfect age to play a retired driver, as he’s currently 58 years old, three years older than the eldest F1 driver in history, Louis Chiron. In addition, they report on rumors of British driver Lewis Hamilton joining the project. At this time, it’s unknown whether his role is solely producing or if he will act in the film. Hamilton has experience as an actor, appearing in the Cars franchise and Zoolander 2.
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Apple TV+ is looking to capitalize on the motorsport genre, which has seen tremendous success with the likes of Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive documentary series, which just finished Season 4 and is revving up for Season 5. First, however, the studio will want to avoid the Driven failure; a 2001 film focused on Jimmy Bly, a rookie who is aided by Joe Tanto (Sylvester Stallone), hoping to reach the mountaintop of professional driving.
Director Joseph Kosinski Isn’t Slowing Down
Joseph Kosinski is having a huge year. Last month, we saw the debut of Top Gun: Maverick, a massive success on its way to $600 million at the box office. Later next week, the filmmaker will release another project on Netflix, Spiderhead. The movie will follow convicts that are offered a chance to participate in medicinal experiments in exchange for a shorter sentence. The movie will be the third meeting between Kosinski and Miles Teller, so don’t be surprised if he shows up in the untitled F1 film as well.
Ehren Kruger will reunite with Kosinski again after writing this script for Top Gun: Maverick. The director will also act as producer, alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman. It’s currently unknown when the film will go into production, but Kosinski spoke with Deadline giving a little information on this:
“We are prepping it now and my hope is that we will be shooting next year during the 2023 F1 season. I am producing it along with Jerry Bruckheimer, Lewis Hamilton, and Plan B so I’ve got a dream team of collaborators on this one.”
Given that shooting won’t begin until sometime next year, it’s unlikely we will see the film before 2024. Luckily fans of Kosinski can turn to Netflix next week with the release of Spiderhead.