Michael Mann is in early talks with 20th Century Fox to develop to Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and their Battle For Speed and Glory at Le Mans, the A.J. Baime book. The book tells the story of the decision by Henry Ford II to go against Enzo Ferrari’s dominance on the Le Mans track in 1966. Ford challenged Ferrari with a car designed by racer-turned-car designer Carroll Shelby. It plays out like The Right Stuff on the race track as Ford was able to turn around its fortunes in the sports-car marketplace, elevating the automaker’s fortunes under Lee Iacocca. This is early days, but it’s a cool project. Jason Keller has written the most recent draft. Mann has long been interested in the subject matter and has had a close relationship with Ferrari, dating back to when Sonny Crockett drove Ferrari cars exclusively during the run of Miami Vice.
This isn’t the only version of that Le Mans story. Paramount has its own version, fueled by the studio’s ownership of the life rights of Shelby. Paramount’s script is by Lisa Schrager, and a rewrite is expected shortly. At one time, Fox and Paramount had discussed a team-up, with Brad Pitt in the mix to play Shelby, but those plans spun off the track.
Mann is in postproduction on the HBO series Luck. Mann directed the pilot and is exec producing the series with David Milch. They’ve done nine episodes.
Mann directed a 3-minute film for Ferrari California. Here it is: