Tony and Ridley Scott to Co-Produce 'The Drivers'

The drama series is based on the novel by Wallace Wyss, "Shelby: The Man, The Cars, The Legend."

LONDON – Tony and Ridley Scott will join Headline Pictures and Sennet Entertainment to co-produce The Drivers, a TV series based on the high-octane 24 hours motor race in Le Mans during the 1950s and '60s.

The drama will be funded by Fremantle Media Enterprises -- part of Fremantle Media -- as part of FME’s strategy to develop and package drama series for the international market.

Based on the novel by Wallace Wyss, Shelby: The Man, The Cars, The Legend, the drama tells the true story of a group of young drivers from America, England, Germany, France and Italy who battle the odds to compete in the world famous race against the backdrop of destruction left in the wake of World War II.

“This is a hugely ambitious project and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the story of these iconic and legendary men who risked everything to win at Le Mans,” said Ridley Scott, who said he had grown up in England idolizing the likes of racing driver Stirling Moss.

“It’s an epic story of courage and ambition and a history of racing which has never been told on such a grand scale.”

David Ellender, FME’s global CEO, said Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions would bring “something really special” to the project.

“They are indisputably two of the best filmmakers in the world today and their involvement raises the bar on this project to a much higher level of storytelling and production,” he said.