Ferrari F1 racing driver Charles Leclerc will be behind the wheel.
For the first time in 66 years, the glamorous Formula One Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled. This year's Monaco Grand Prix would have been held this weekend on May 24. But instead of hosting the Grand Prix, the streets of Monaco will be closed to recreate a classic car movie.
Ferrari has announced a new short film called 'Le Grand Rendez-Vous' inspired by the cult classic 1976 car movie 'C'etait Un Rendez-Vous' (Translation: It Was a Date) will be shot in Monaco this weekend starring a Ferrari SF90 Stradale driven by Ferrari F1 racing driver Charles Leclerc. It will be directed by none other than Claude Lelouch, who directed the original C'etait Un Rendez-Vous. If you've never seen C'etait Un Rendez-Vous, stop what you're doing right now and watch the video below.
The independent nine-minute short shows a high-speed drive through the busy streets of Paris as the film's protagonist races to meet his date. It was all done for real too, as the film was shot without permission, gaining it notoriety. No, those near misses with oncoming traffic and pedestrians were not staged. Authorities weren't impressed when they saw the film and arrested Lelouch after the film was screened.
The film was shot in one take using a camera mounted to the front bumper to increase the sense of speed. While you can hear the spine-tingling sound of a Ferrari 275 GTB's V12, the car used in the film was actually a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL with dubbed engine sounds.
Ferrari says the original short film "evokes both the atmosphere of the beloved Grand Prix and the roar of the Ferrari 275 GTB that provided the instantly recognizable soundtrack to the 1976 film shot in Paris." Replacing the 275 GTB's V12 will be the sound of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale's electrified 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 986 hp combined with two electric motors.
Significantly, the new remake version will be the first French film shot after the lockdown as the film industry gradually resumes. Ferrari hasn't said when Le Grand Rendez-Vous will be released, but we can't wait to see how it compares to the original film that inspired it.