Michael Mann in Talks to Develop and Direct Fox Film About 1967 Le Mans

5:39 PM PST 05/26/2011 by Pamela McClintock
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The project is based on A.J. Baime’s book "Go Like Hell," which revolves around how the Ford Co. became the first American car maker to win the famous European car race over Ferrari.

Michael Mann is in talks with 20th Century Fox to develop and potentially direct Go Like Hell, the real-life story of the famous competition between the Ford Motor Co. and Ferrari that led to Ford winning the Le Mans in 1967.

Ford was the first American car maker to win the world’s oldest car race, held in France. For years, Ferrari had dominated the contest.

Based on A.J. Baime’s book, the Fox project recounts how a young Henry Ford II — determined to infuse new life into his family’s company — decided to get into the European racing scene.

With the help of racer Carroll Shelby and Lee Iacocca, Ford built and designed a car that could take on Ferrari cars, known for their speed and style. They ultimately won the Le Mans, the world’s oldest car race that takes place each year in France.

Insiders say the initial idea is for Mann to develop the script.

Mann is repped by CAA.

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