This could be the best motor racing film since Rush.
Released in 2013 and directed by Ron Howard, Rush is one of the best motor racing films ever made, up there with classics like Steve McQueen’s Le Mans and Grand Prix. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, the film retold the story of F1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda's fierce rivalry during the 1976 season, which led to Lauda’s near-fatal crash and miraculous road to recovery. And now there’s a new film coming that will tell arguably the greatest story in motorsport history: the battle between Ford and Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.
According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has enlisted James Mangold, the director of Logan, to helm the unnamed film. Internally, the project is known simply as “Untitled Ford vs. Ferrari Project”. The cast has yet to be confirmed, but the report claims Logan is lining up some big-name actors. Tom Cruise was reportedly going to portray Carroll Shelby originally, but that role will now apparently be played by Matt Damon. The director also wants Christian Bale to play Shelby’s test driver Ken Miles. There’s no word yet on who might play Bruce McLaren who drove the winning Ford GT40 in ’66 or Enzo Ferrari, though.
Originally, the feature film was going to be based on A.J. Baime book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans,” but this will instead be adapted into a TV series. Ford Vs. Ferrari will instead be based on different source material and the screenplay will be written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, whose writing credits include Edge of Tomorrow and Spectre. Potentially, this could be the best motor racing film since Rush. The underdog story of Ford fighting Ferrari should translate well to the big screen, culminating with Ford’s historic 1-2-3 finish at the endurance race.