Michael Mann is finally putting his foot on the gas. Deadline reports that the international rights to the Heat director’s long-gestating Enzo Ferrari biopic has been picked up by Amazon and STX Entertainment at the virtual Cannes Market. Titled Ferrari, the film – which is eying a spring 2021 production start – is set to take place during the pivotal summer of 1957, when Ferrari bet everything on a 1000-mile race across Italy, and is said to have a Godfather-like feel. Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to star in the title role, thus continuing his run of intriguing high-profile parts after his departure from Wolverine.
While Ferrari pretty much had me at Hugh Jackman ever since his involvement was first floated in the trades a few years ago, I’m thrilled that it’s finally coming together for Michael Mann. After the misfire that was Blackhat, I wondered what he’d be doing next; when he signed on to the TV show Tokyo Vice, I genuinely thought that was going to be it for the veteran filmmaker, as I didn’t see any studios taking a chance on him for another film. To have him finally get to make his dream project is fantastic and serves as a reminder of the importance of being tenacious in an industry that will all too often slam the door in your face, regardless of your past success. There may be a lot more work to be done, but it’s good to know the hurdle of distribution is out of the way. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Here’s hoping it’s worth the wait.
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