The year is 2022, yet it feels like we’ve landed back in 2002, with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez owning the headlines, and Tom Cruise dominating the box office with Top Gun: Maverick. Brad Pitt, whose transport era is officially approaching with two speed-hungry flicks on the horizon, appears to be the next Hollywood throwback on pace to take over the big screen.
According to Variety, Apple Original Films has bought up the untitled film, which will premiere on the tech giant’s streaming service. However, don’t expect it to lose its sting. Apple has demonstrated that streaming is big business, with its original film CODA being the first streaming-service original to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The studio is willing to invest a lot of money, which is necessary for a film with such a strong cast.
Joseph Kosinski to direct an F1 racing film with Brad Pitt
In Joseph Kosinski’s Formula One racing film, Brad Pitt will play a retired driver who teams up with a rookie to compete against the sport’s titans. Kosinski will produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer (who also worked on Maverick) and seven-time Formula One champion Sir Lewis Hamilton, in addition to this the script will be written by Top Gun: Maverick co-writer Ehren Kruger. Before Apple won, Paramount, MGM, Sony, Universal, Netflix, and Amazon were among the other studios interested in acquiring the Formula One racing film.
This is Pitt’s second movie package megadeal in as many months, after Apple’s acquisition of an unnamed picture directed by Spider-Man director Jon Watts starring Pitt and George Clooney as two lone wolves “fixers” sent to do the same task. Before above-the-line compensation, sources say the deal for the racing picture was in the $130 million-$140 million brackets. That puts it in line with numerous large package deals made last year, the type that appears to be ideal for streamers in need of content but are still learning the ropes in terms of development.
Brad Pitt and Joseph Kosinski attempted to collaborate on a racing film called Go Like Hell, in which he would have played Carroll Shelby in a cinematic vehicle designed to be The Right Stuff on the track. Ford V Ferrari, a version of Shelby’s narrative featured Matt Damon as Shelby and Christian Bale as British driver Ken Miles.
Source – Variety