Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Oblivion star Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski are looking to work together again. They are circling Go Like Hell for 20th Century Fox. This is the battle between Ford and Ferrari for dominance in the sports car marketplace. Cruise will play Caroll Shelby. The intention is to make the movie after Cruise completes Mission: Impossible 5. It will be produced by Lucas Foster and Alex Young. This is the project that Foster sold to young back in 2009 when the latter was production president. At the time, Brad Pitt wanted to play Shelby.

It’s based on 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 was among the scribes who’ve done drafts. CAA reps Cruise, Verve reps Kosinski.