Michael Mann to Direct GO LIKE HELL

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Michael Mann is close to a deal to helm 20th Century Fox’s Go Like Hell. The film is based on the book by A.J. Baime, which focuses on the 1966 battle between Ford and Ferrari when an American car won the Le Mans race for the first time in history. Baime’s story focuses on Henry Ford II, young visionary Lee Iacocca, and former racing champion turned engineer Carroll Shelby. The three worked together to reinvent the Ford company and eventually became the first Americans to win the 24-Hours of Le Mans race in France.

Showblitz reports that while no casting has begun, Brad Pitt has been considered as the lead. Mann has a number of projects that he’s considering as his next directing vehicle, including an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s Agincourt, a novel centered around the 15th century Battle of Agincourt. He’s also circling the adventure film Gold, produced by Paul Haggis. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Baime’s Go Like Hell.

go-like-hell-book-coverHere’s the synopsis for Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Glory at Le Mans:

By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, “science fiction on wheels,” but was also called “the Assassin” because so many drivers perished while racing them.

Go Like Hell tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done.

Go Like Hell transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the “pilots” who would drive them to victory, or doom. [Amazon]



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  • Desert Rat

    A Michael Mann helmed film about the largest and most destructive automotive duel in racing history?

    Yep, consider my ticket bought.

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  • Al Swearengen

    Wow, I’ll be all over this for sure!

    I’ll be at Circuit de la Sarthe for this years race on June 11th. It’ll be excellent to see a good movie about a race I love so much.

    Steve McQueen’s ‘Le Mans’ doesn’t really do it for me.

  • W Rust

    Michael gets the significance of this film. He is a fantastic director and a car guy at heart. This one is in no way out of the box for Mann, I could not think of a better choice to direct this film. His attention to detail is unmatched in any of his films. Grand Prix is the last great automotive film. I am willing to bet this film will eclipse it in every way. Finally a movie that guys can unite around for decades to come. AJ did a great job with the book, can’t wait to see it in film. One that will play for a long time and end up in every real man’s film library. Film It !

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