Everyone loves an underdog and back in 1966, Ford was just that. Yet the Blue Oval managed to pull off a victory that is clearly ready made for the silver screen.
The movie will center around the battle between Ford and Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Carroll Shelby and a trio of Ford GT40s shocked the world with a 1-2-3 finish at endurance racing’s main event.
Ford wanted so badly to beat Ferrari at its own game after Ferrari spurned Ford’s bid to buy the company and Shelby helped put Ford in the winner’s circle.
A prior attempt at this production was to be an adaptation of A.J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans.” Now it appears the plan is to turn that book into a television series for an unnamed network.
The new Ford versus Ferrari film will pull its information from different source materials, and the screenplay will be written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth.
You’ll know the work of Jez Butterworth if you’ve seen Edge of Tomorrow, Black Mass, or Spectre. Mangold was the man in charge of Logan, Walk the Line and Cop Land, among a number of other films.
The plan is to have Matt Damon portray Shelby, while Christian Bale is attached to portray Shelby’s friend and test driver, Ken Miles. The Punisher himself, Jon Bernthal, will play Lee Iacocca.
This is a story that should work well on the big screen, especially with the names attached at this early stage of development. Mangold turned Wolverine’s story into a truly gritty tale with Logan. That same darkness and grit could bring an amazing pairing of storytelling and visuals to a tale focused on a desire to win.