Michael Mann’s tale of the Italian Enzo Ferrari’s struggle for success will arrive around Christmas, it has been revealed.
It was revealed back in February that Sky had picked up the distribution rights for Ferrari, Michael Mann’s first film in eight years. 2015’s Blackhat was the director’s last film and his return to filmmaking is an exciting prospect given that he has helmed a string of classic films such as Heat, The Last of the Mohicans and Collateral.
Whilst we assume that means the film will get some kind of cinema release before appearing on Sky, we didn’t know Ferrari's release window, until now at least. Over in the US, the film has been picked up for distribution by Neon and along with that news, comes a firm release date of Christmas Day, meaning the movie will just squeeze into 2023 as many were anticipating.
Following his recent turn in House Of Gucci, Adam Driver will be brushing up his Italian accent to play Enzo Ferrari in the film whilst Penélope Cruz will play his wife, Laura Ferrari. Shailene Woodley, Patrick Dempsey, Jack O’Connell, Peter Collins, Sarah Gadon and Gabriel Leone all feature too. Here’s the film’s synopsis:
During the summer of 1957, ex-racecar driver, Enzo Ferrari, is in crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their tempestuous marriage struggles with the mourning for one son and the acknowledgement of another. Attempting to secure their survival he rolls the dice on one race – 1,000 miles across Italy, the iconic Mille Miglia.
Set in 1957, the script for the film was written by the late Troy Kennedy Martin, the writer of films such as The Italian Job, Red Heat and Kelly’s Heroes. Martin passed away in 2009, which gives you a little insight into just how long this project has taken to get in front of the cameras. All the way back in 2004, the project was set up for Sydney Pollack to direct and Al Pacino to star, but Pollack’s death saw that version of the project fall apart.
It’s certainly been a long road to the finish line for Ferrari but the chequered flag is finally in sight. If the rumours are true, Mann will be sticking with directing, turning his attention to Heat 2 next, adapting the sequel novel that he penned and released. It’s an exciting time for fans of the director’s work and you can be sure we’ll bring you more updates on these projects as we hear them.
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