BEST BETS: "Jessica Jones," "Big Trouble/Escape from New York" & More October 2016 Highlights
Is the world about to get a film headlined two of the biggest male stars in the world? If Fox gets its way the answer is yes!: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt may both star in Go Like Hell.
The film is based on the real-life story chronicled in A.J. Baime’s book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. Cruise is set to play automotive design legend Carroll Shelby in the film, written by brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. Brad Pitt was originally attached to star in the film back in 2009 when Michael Mann was scheduled to direct. Now that the Butterworths have penned a new script under current director Joseph Kosinksi (Oblivion), Pitt is looking over the new one to see if he still wants to participate.
Here’s how the book is described on 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 doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s expected to debut in 2015.