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LONDON – Screenwriter Michael Hirst has been charged with gunning the engine script for The Drivers, a TV series based on the world surrounding the 24-hour Le Mans motor race during the 1950s and 1960s.
Based on the book, Shelby: The Man, The Cars, the Legend written by Wallace A. Wyss and optioned from Iconografix, the series is bankrolled by FremantleMedia Enterprises as part of its global drama strategy to develop and package drama series for the international market.
It tells the true story of wild young drivers from the U.S., Germany, France, Italy and Britain, friends and rivals, amateurs risking everything for a shot on the tracks.
It is being co-produced by Scott Free alongside Headline Pictures and Sennet Entertainment.
Hirst’s credits include the Oscar winning film Elizabeth as well as TV drama The Tudors which he created, executive produced and for which he penned all 38 episodes.
He described The Drivers as being “a large scale and challenging project that has huge appeal.”
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