We’ve got some news on two actor-director reteams as follows:
- Tom Cruise is set to reunite with Joseph Kosinski for the post-Oblivion racing movie, Go Like Hell.
- Gattaca’s Ethan Hawke and director Andrew Niccol are set to re-team on an untitled thriller centering on a drone pilot.
Hit the jump for more.
The Wrap reports that Cruise and Kosinski will collaborate on Go Like Hell, based on A.J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans.” No deals are in place but the duo are reportedly developing the adaptation as a starring vehicle for Cruise. “Set in the early 1960s when the Ford Motor Company was falling behind in the sports car marketplace, with baby boomers preferring to buy fast, stylish automobiles rather than safe, comfortable vehicles”, Go Like Hell centers on the rivalry between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari.
Cruise would play Ford II, who, “with the help of young visionary Lee Iacocca and former racing champion-turned-engineer Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company by entering the high-stakes world of European car racing, which had been dominated by Enzo Ferrari up until then. The trio set out to design, build and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the world’s most prestigious and dangerous race — Le Mans.” [Update: THR reports that Cruise would actually be playing Shelby.]
By the way, Cruise would not play Henry Ford II as reported by some but rather Carroll Shelby, the racing icon.
When Hawke was doing press for Getaway, he mentioned the possibility of his re-teaming with Niccol. Deadline confirms the collaboration between Hawke and Niccol, in an untitled thriller in which Hawke would “play a fighter pilot who becomes a Las Vegas-based drone pilot. He fights the Taliban by remote control for twelve hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other twelve. He starts to question his mission, and asking himself if he is creating more terrorists than he is killing in a war seemingly without end.”