Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is rumoured to be involved in a Hollywood movie project starring Brad Pitt and produced by Apple Studios.
According to entertainment news portal Deadline, Apple is in talks to launch the film in the future, and it will be based on F1. Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski, along with Paramount screenwriter Ehren Kruger and its producer Jerry Bruckheimer are also rumoured to be part of the project.
Bruckheimer, the man who produced the original Top Gun feature, is not inexperienced at making racing movies. He has previously co-produced the 1990 NASCAR film Days of Thunder starring Tom Cruise.
Now he is at it again, and Hamilton is rumoured to be involved in this Hollywood movie which will also have Brad Pitt.
The film will have the Once upon a time in Hollywood playing “a racer who comes out of retirement to mentor a younger driver and take his final stab at glory on the track as the younger driver’s teammate”.
The plot is similar to the 2001 film Driven starring Sylvester Stallone as a former IndyCar champion who is phoned in to help support an up-and-coming driver.
Hamilton’s role in the project is unknown, but it will mostly be an appearance in the film. Whether that is an extended role or a high-profile cameo remains to be seen.
The report also states that F1 commercial rights holders Liberty Media is not involved in the film. However, what we know is that the approximate budget is $140 million, which interestingly is the budget cap for F1 teams.
Hollywood must have seen the appeal of Netflix’s acclaimed racing documentary Drive to Survive and decided to cash in. Now is the perfect time to make movies centred on racing, given the success of movies like Ford vs Ferrari.
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