20th Century Fox is nearing a deal with Michael Mann for a new movie based off of a true story, Go Like Hell. The true story is based off of the fierce competition between Ford and Ferrari back in 1966 – the year when an American car won the Le Mans race for the first time.
The story follows Henry Ford II, Lee Iacocca, and racing legend Carroll Shelby as they set out on reinventing Ford Motor Company by competing in the world of European Racing and Le Mans.
The script was written by Jason Keller and based on the edition by A.J. Baime. The film will be produced by Alex Young and Lucas Foster through Foster’s own Warp Films (known for Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Man on Fire).
Ford Motor Company developed the GT40 in just a few years and it quickly became one of the most talked about cars as the first American car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After that, it went on to win Le Mans over the course of four consecutive years as well as many FIA international titles.
Fox may be eyeing Brad Pitt for the lead role and has shown interest, but no casting decisions have been set in stone for the film. Rumors have been spreading around the internet about Tom Cruise possibly playing the role of Carroll Shelby.
Michael Mann is well known for his crime-action features including Heat, Collateral, and Public Enemies, so this would be outside of the usual for him. Mann’s lengthy resume does show that he was included in Lucky Star, a faux film trailer for Mercedes-Benz in the United Kingdom back in 2007, which also starred Benicio Del Toro.
Besides Go Like Hell, Mann has other directing projects in the works such as Waiting for Robert Capa and Big Tuna and is also directing an HBO series about horse racing called Luck.