A cinematic debut for the story of legendary motoring figure Enzo Ferrari may finally be on the way, according to reports out of the Cannes Film Festival.
Movie mag Variety reports that studio Cecchi Gori Pictures is now in advanced talks to secure finance for its Ferrari script, which was originally set to begin filming back in 2004.
That original project had Sydney Pollack attached to direct Al Pacino as the late Enzo Ferrari, but delays and, later, Pollack’s death in 2008, saw the story shelved.
Cecchi Gori CEO Niels Juul said this week however that the project is now again in focus, sticking with the original script but adding a new star and production team.
“It’s looking likely we will be able to announce something more within a month or two,” Juul told Variety this week.
The script, based on journalist and author Brock Yates’ biography of Enzo Ferrari, was written by Troy Kennedy Martin, who also wrote the 1969 film The Italian Job.
“It’s a beautiful tale of the story of Ferrari battling with Maserati for supremacy in speed, yet it’s not a racing movie: it’s a ‘Godfather’ movie with racing in it,” Juul says of the script.
Juul added that the company has been scouting locations in recent months, while the script is polished to suit modern audiences and filming technologies.
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