Osborne in gear for McLaren pic


Barrie Osborne, Oscar-winning producer of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, is prepping a biopic of Formula 1 racing car legend Bruce McLaren (HR 1/22).

The $100 million project, which was announced Saturday at an A1 Grand Prix car racing event in Taupo, New Zealand, is expected to start shooting early next year.

A group of private Kiwi investors are financing the development of the film, and Osborne will handle production financing and global distribution.