Apple Studios has announced it has acquired the rights to a Formula 1 film starring Brad Pitt and produced by Lewis Hamilton.
The screenplay of the film is written by Ehren Kruger and the feature film is directed by Joseph Kosinski. The pair previously worked together in the same roles on Top Gun: Maverick, which is currently in theaters.
Apple’s as-yet-untitled Formula 1 film will star 58-year-old Bitt as an elderly driver who comes after retirement to join a rookie teammate and compete against the series’ top competitors.
The film is being produced by Hamilton, Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment company (which previously created World War Z), Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman (who also worked on Top Gun: Maverick and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise).
It remains to be seen whether the film will feature an appearance from seven-time F1 champion Hamilton, who has previously had cameo and voice acting roles in films like Cars 2, Cars 3 and Zoolander 2, as well as the hit game Call of Duty. : Infinite warfare.
Hamilton also executive produced the 2018 documentary The Game Changers, about an Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor’s move to vegan protein. The new Apple Original Films project will be his first full production credit.
Pitt has previously shown a keen interest in motorsport, including waving the starting flag at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. He had previously spent several years working on a biopic about the Le Mans racer and engineer Caroll Shelby, also starring Kosinski, which eventually became the Ford vs Ferrari with Matt Damon (aka Le Mans ’66).
Screenwriter Kruger not only worked on Top Gun: Maverick, but is best known for writing three of the Transformers franchise films, the sequels Revenge Of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction.
Apple Studios is the production house for original AppleTV+ productions. It is also working with Pitt and George Clooney on another original film, which is yet to be titled.
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