Brad Pitt to star in Formula One Racing Film by Joseph Kosinski

By Classic Yorkshires Film and Media correspondent Bill Lawrence.

Apple has closed a deal to acquire an untitled Formula One racing movie that has Top Gun: Maverick filmmaker Joseph Kosinski directing and Brad Pitt starring.

The project reunites Kosinski with many of his Maverick team, including writer Ehren Kruger and producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman of Jerry Bruckheimer Films. All are back in the same capacity for the racing project and are being joined by Sir Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time F1 world champion, who will produce along with Pitt’s Plan B banner.

Part of the appeal is Pitt and F1 racing. While not having the box office record of Maverick’s Tom Cruise, Pitt is as big of a name on a worldwide scale. F1 is a growing and sexy sport that embodies an enviable lifestyle. The other bet is the theatrical experience that will take audiences to a place most have never been to before: inside a single-seat racer. Just as Maverick and Kosinski are generating kudos for real-world practical effects that put audiences in the cockpit of an F-14, the goal is to put the viewer behind the wheel of an F1 car.

The idea for the project originated with Kosinski, who had met Hamilton briefly through Cruise during the making of Maverick. A search for a writer ensued and Kosinski convinced the Brad Pitt to join the racing crew for the story’s seasoned driver who comes out of retirement in order to mentor a promising rookie.

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