Shooting finally begins on Michael Mann’s long-gestating Ferrari biopic

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Michael Mann returns to directing for the first time since 2015’s Blackhat, continuing a prolific year for the filmmaker.

Production is now officially underway on Ferrari, the upcoming biopic from filmmaker Micheal Mann, the director of such beloved classics as Heat and The Last Of The Mohicans. The film is set to chart the fortunes of Enzo Ferrari, the legendary founder of one of the world’s most prestigious line of sports cars.

Set in 1957, the script for the film was written by the late Troy Kennedy Martin, the scribe behind classics such as The Italian Job, Red Heat and Kelly’s Heroes. Martin passed away in 2009, which gives you an idea just how long this project has taken to get in front of the cameras. 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.

Mann is known to be something of a perfectionist and his take on the project has taken quite some time to come together but shooting has now begun on the project, which is filming on location in Italy. 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.

The project continues a busy year for Mann who has directed the pilot for the HBO Max show, Tokyo Vice as well as releasing Heat 2, a sequel to his heist thriller masterpiece in novel form. Ferrari is set to release sometime next year, whilst the film will be set ‘during the summer of 1957 and will follow ex-race car driver, Ferrari, through crises both financial and personal. Facing bankruptcy, a failing marriage, and the loss of a beloved son, Ferrari will roll the dice on an epic 1,000-mile race across Italy in the Mille Miglia.’

We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it, but the fact that the film has finally made it into production after all these years is surely a victory in itself. If you’re a fan of supercars emblazoned with the prancing horse, Michael Mann’s films or you just admire Adam Driver’s Italian accent, then 2023 could be the year for you.


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