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Producer Michael Mann tapped to develop and direct Go Like Hell movie

Tue, 31 May 2011

Producer Michael Mann, best known for hits such as Heat, Ali and more recently, Public Enemies, is in talks with 20th Century Fox to develop and potentially direct a movie based on the A. J. Baime book Go Like Hell, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The book, a must-read for any car nut, chronicles the duel between the Ford and Ferrari race teams in the 1960s during the height of Le Mans fever.

Enzo Ferrari owned the 24-hour race from 1960 to 1965, with all five wins going to some form of racer from the Italian Peninsula.

When Henry Ford II took over the family business, he made an effort to get back on the podium at one of the most important races in the world. With a lot of help from friend and driver Carroll Shelby, and a young man named Lee Iacocca, the legendary Ford GT40 was born.

The car won four years straight, cementing both Shelby's and Iacocca's place in motorsports history.

Jason Keller reportedly wrote the first draft of the script, and at one point, Brad Pitt was expected to star in the film.

The project is in the earliest of stages of development right now, and so far nothing has been confirmed. Producer/director Mann also has several other projects in the works including Agincourt, a movie about the 15th-century battle between the French and the English.

But none of that matters to us. Any chance to see old Ferrari racers and Ford GTs duking it out on the big screen at Circuit de la Sarthe sounds like a great night at the movies.

By Jake Lingeman