On Adam Carolla’s podcast today, producer Lucas Foster, whose credits include “Law Abiding Citizen”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, and “Man on Fire”, mentioned he wanted to make a movie based on A.J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans” and that Brad Pitt and Josh Brolin have shown interest in starring The story is about Henry Ford I, Lee Iaccoa’s, and Carroll Shelby’s attempt to dethrone Enzo Ferrari in the 24 hour race at Le Mans. Foster says that Brad Pitt and Josh Brolin have both expressed interest in hopping in the driver’s seat. Hit the jump for details.
On Carolla’s show [via The Playlist] Foster said he wanted to focus more on the drivers than the behind-the-scenes politics. While some may find the politics interesting, I find a focus on the drivers far more exciting for the reason Foster describes:
Carroll Shelby is a big character, Lee Iacocca is a big character, Enzo [Ferrari] is a big character, Henry Ford II is a big character and we’ll obviously cast them well but, to me, it’s really about the drivers and I’m trying to make a first-person experience out of this where it really puts the audience in the cockpit. This is what it’s like to go 200 miles an hour with a car that not really all that controllable.
Sounds fun to me. Carolla noted that both racers and spectators died from the intensity of the 24 hour races and that there wasn’t really a huge focus on safety in European racing in the 1960s. Carolla also mentioned that getting an actor to spend six months in France racing vintage cars shouldn’t be the hardest sell in the world. While producers may mention huge names in order to shore up interest in their projects, Foster is legit and I can understand why big-name actors would show interest in joining. However, Foster drops a lot of names for people he’d also like to see in the film including Daniel Day Lewis, Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, and Eric Bana. Foster says that the project won’t probably go into production until 4-5 years from now but if and when it does hit theaters, I predict it will be better than the “Fast & Furious” movies but nowhere near as good as “Speed Racer”. I draw this comparison because all the movies feature racing and I’m choosing to forget how they differ in every other way.