A bidding war erupted on Friday for a racing project featuring bold names that have studios and streamers burning rubber to put their gloves on.
The untitled project has Brad Pitt attached to the star and Joseph Kosinski, the filmmaker behind the next one Top Gun : Maverick, attached to direct.
Veteran mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and screenwriter Ehren Kruger, who worked with Kosinski on Maverick, are also part of the successful pitch package.
According to sources, offers have been received from Paramount Studios, MGM, Sony and Universal as well as streamers Netflix, Apple and Amazon. Even Disney, which normally stays away from these kinds of races, is on the right track for this one.
The story or take is unclear, but sources say that Lewis Hamilton, the British legend of modern motor racing, is also involved in the project.
Pitt and Kosinski have long tried to make a racing film. In 2013, Pitt circled Go like hell, to which Kosinski was attached with Tom Cruise. This project eventually turned into Ford vs. Ferrari with a whole new combination of actor and director.
Hollywood has always had a fascination with cars racing down the tracks, the sport having visual appeal, high-stakes drama, and personalities that are both brash and cold.
The sport attracts Hollywood players, perhaps best embodied by Steve McQueen. And while some movies don’t take – Ron Howard is well regarded Rush didn’t find an audience – when they do, as in the case of 2019 Ford vs. Ferrari, we get box office and gold at the Oscars.