Michael Mann, director of Heat, Collateral and The Insider, will direct a film about Enzo Ferrari’s life, founder of the Maranello House. The film will be based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari – The Man and the Machine”, and it seems that Hugh Jackman is the candidate for playing the role of Enzo Ferrari. The film will be set in 1957 when Ferrari shaped the history behind the Ferrari sporting division. His relationship with his wife Laura was facing a difficult time due to the premature death of his son Dino. This pushed him to cheat on her with another woman that gave birth to his second son.
The Mille Miglia of that year would be his last edition at high speed. This because of the tragedy of Guidizzolo when the Spanish pilot Alfonso de Portago, while riding a Ferrari 355 S at 250 km/h, went off the road after the burst of a tire and the car ended up in the crowd. An accident that killed nine people in the audience, including five kids.
STX got the distribution rights for the UK and Ireland. Amazon hopes to get the international rights for the film, as it will probably be a success. “Michael Mann will bring his passion for important characters and the dangerous world of motorsports in the 50s to create an incredible cinematography experience,” said STX in their press release. The production will start during the Spring of 2021.