Michael Mann’s long-in-the-works Ferrari project may be getting back on the track.
Christian Bale is attached to star in the drama, which is being packaged in the hopes of being shopped to buyers and financiers during the Toronto Film Festival and other markets, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The project adapts the 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races, The Machine written by Brock Yates, which details the rise of the auto mogul.
While filmmakers love racing projects, the question is whether or not they can drive audiences into theaters. Ron Howard’s Rush premiered at Toronto to much acclaim but stalled at the box office.
Similarly, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were circling Go Like Hell, which told of the rivalry between Ferrari and Carroll Shelby. The Fox project was to have been directed by Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski but spun out due to budgetary issues.
Adding nails on the speedway is the fact that Mann is coming off of one of the most expensive bombs of the year, Legendary’s Blackhat.
Bale worked with Mann in 2009’s Public Enemies, the period gangster movie in which Bale played the FBI agent tracking John Dillinger.