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8/1/2022 • 4 min read
Michael Mann is finally starting his Ferrari. For decades, the HEAT filmmaker has wanted to make a movie about Italian racing mogul Enzo Ferrari. There was even a time when his planned movie and James Mangold's FORD V FERRARI were head to head at the starting line. Obviously, Mangold's movie was made first. Fortunately for us, that hasn’t permanently sent Michael Mann‘s movie to the garage.
FERRARI is just one of two huge projects Mann (pictured above on the set of BLACKHAT) has going on right now. He also has "Heat 2" — yes, a sequel to his fantastic Los Angeles crime movie — which is first coming to life as a novel, but which Mann has promised will also be a movie. But first, FERRARI. The film stars Adam Driver and Penélope Cruz and is filming now. Here is everything we know about Michael Mann's FERRARI.
Unfortunately, FERRARI isn't set with a release date yet. STX is financing the movie, and we would expect it to roar through a festival such as Cannes which next takes place in May 2023. Following a festival debut, we'll probably have to wait a few more months before it opens in US movie theatres/
Because this will be Mann's first feature since BLACKHAT in 2015, we're willing to wait!
Not yet! FERRARI only began filming in July of 2022. We will probably have to wait a while to see any footage from the new Mann movie.
FERRARI is based on the book “Enzo Ferrari – The Man and the Machine” by Brock Yates. It takes place in the summer of 1957, when Enzo Ferrari's obsession with racing perfection and a gathering storm of personal and professional problems all come to a head at the open-road endurance race, the Mille Miglia. If you don't know anything about that particular race and want to experience FERRARI completely fresh, we suggest not reading up on it beforehand.
More important, perhaps, is that there will be no overlap between the story in this movie and that of FORD V FERRARI. For one, James Mangold's movie takes place several years later, and it isn't centered on Enzo Ferrari at all. In fact, Ferrari was barely even a supporting character in that movie.
This movie is really about Enzo Ferrari's battles with himself and those around him. A recent New York Times article about Mann says, "In the script, Enzo, his marriage in shambles, exhorts his scuderia of drivers to become 'men with a brutal determination to win. A cruel emptiness in their stomachs. Detached men.'"
Adam Driver stars as Enzo Ferrari, with Penélope Cruz as Laura Dominica Garello Ferrari. Shailene Woodley plays Enzo’s mistress, Lina Lardi, and Patrick Dempsey is in the cast as well, playing the fading racer Piero Taruffi.
Additionally, Jack O’Connell (UNBROKEN) plays race car driver Peter Collins, while Sarah Gadon ("True Detective") plays the Mexican actress Linda Christian, who in 1957 was at the very least friendly with Ferrari driver Alfonso de Portago. He will certainly be part of this movie, too, but we do not know who plays the role just yet.
All images courtesy of Universal Pictures.
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