Pitt/Hamilton production embedded ‘within the show’ will be a first for F1

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali says a Hollywood movie production crew will begin shooting an F1-based film “very soon”.

A spokesperson for the Silverstone circuit confirmed to RaceFans it is among the venues where filming will take place.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is consulting on the new movie project, directed by Top Gun: Maverick director Joe Kosinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Actor Brad Pitt will star in the film, acting as the main character.

The untitled project will be the first Hollywood-produced movie around the world championship since 2013’s Rush, which focused on the 1976 title battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The upcoming film will centre around an original story based in the world of modern Formula 1, rather than fictionalised retelling of a real-life F1 story.

Speaking at a recent investors’ call, Domenicali said that the movie project demonstrated F1’s desire to attract a media audience beyond ‘Drive to Survive’, its popular Netflix documentary series.

“[It’s] another way to show what we want to do, something different,” said Domenicali. “When we started the collaboration with Netflix, the community said ‘what’s going on? This is not our place to be’. And now we understand the power of it.

“We added the very strong presence with social media, making sure that all our drivers and teams are very active in promoting the sport. And that’s another tool with the movie they’re going to be produced. We’re going to start the shooting in Silverstone very soon.

“It will be the first movie where basically they will be within the show, within the racing event. It will be quite invasive. In terms of production it’s something that we need to control in a way, but it will be another way of showing that Formula 1 never stops.”

Full details of exactly how the production will be embedded within Formula 1 events have yet to be announced. It will likely draw comparisons to John Frankenheimer’s 1966 film ‘Grand Prix’, some of which was shot at races that year.

Frankenheimer captured footage was from live Formula 1 sessions. Some cars were fitted with early examples of onboard cameras during practice sessions to capture additional material.

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