If director Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) and 20th Century Fox have their way, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise could be reunited on screen for the first time since 1994’s Interview with a Vampire. Cruise is already set to reunite with Kosinski, but the call is out to Pitt to star in the car-racing drama, Go Like Hell. The picture is based on the A.J. Baime book, “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans“. Hit the jump for more.
THR reports that Pitt is being courted to star with Cruise in Go Like Hell. Kosinski is currently supervising the writing with Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (National Treasure) working on a new draft on the true story about “the competition between the Ford Motor Company and Italian sports car designer Enzo Ferrari, which culminated at the 1966 Le Mans race.”
Cruise stars as legendary car designer Carroll Shelby, and it’s not clear as of this writing who Pitt would play. Pitt was previously attached to star in the film when Michael Mann was on board to direct back in 2009, and he’s maintained interest in the film since then.
Here’s the synopsis from Baime’s book (via Amazon):
By the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Baby boomers were taking to the roads in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort, and Ford didn’t offer what these young drivers wanted. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari lorded over the European racing scene, crafting beautiful, fast sports cars that epitomized style.
Baime 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 named 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 dangerous race in the world, the 24 Hours of LeMans.
Go Like Hell transports readers to a golden era in racing when Ford’s innovative strategy led to victories on the track and renewed respect for the American automobile.