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F1 to take to big screen with Ecclestone musing Hollywood movie?

The progression of Formula 1 from its origins all the way through to the present day could be set to hit the big screen at last with Bernie Ecclestone mulling over the idea of taking the sport to Hollywood.

It has been revealed by Pitpass that the top flight's supremo and commercial rights-holder is in negotiations with a film studio across the Pond about making a movie tracing F1's story from the official inception of the world championship back in 1950 to the new millennium.

Ecclestone claims that whilst the end product would be in the style of a documentary, 'it will not effectively be a documentary', adding of the discussions: “We've been talking to them for a long time, about doing a film from the old days all the way through.”

F1 has inspired a number of big screen adaptations in the past. The 1966 movie Grand Prix starred James Garner and featured cameo appearances from many of the leading drivers of the day such as late world champions Graham Hill and Phil Hill, whilst 1977 effort Bobby Deerfield starring Al Pacino, directed by Sydney Pollack and featuring Carlos Pace's Brabham was not a success, Ecclestone reasons, 'because the American producers got hold of it – they wanted to turn it into a love story'.

An attempt by Sylvester Stallone to make an F1 movie in the late 1990s based on the late, great Ayrton Senna was scuppered by the FIA's insistence on proofing the script to make sure it would not portray the sport in any kind of negative light, and Stallone's desire to keep the rights to the film, with the project finally falling apart over a failure to agree financial terms. The Rambo and Rocky star subsequently switched his focus to Champ Cars, the result of which was the widely panned 2001 release Driven. According to Ecclestone, 'Sly' has no involvement with the current initiative.


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Jeff - Unregistered

June 02, 2009 1:40 AM

Not sure for certain, but I heard a rumor that Stallone wanted some F1 driver to be into Bolivian Marching Powder. Anyway- the reason Frankenheimer's "Grand Prix" was a success- at least the car scenes- is because of one fact- the people that were involved cared about the sport. Any film that Our Little Midget is involved with lacks that simple fact. I'd like to remind everybody that my traditional "men's weekend" in Montreal is not taking place this year. Because of this Little Midget's greed. A pox on you, Bernie. Here's hoping your ex takes you to the f'ing cleaners....

Dale - Unregistered

June 01, 2009 9:14 PM

National Lampoons FIA FOM FOTA Formula Acronym! Can you imagine ... Bernie will insist on being the producer, director, & editor. Actors will get medals for performances & the one with the most medals will get paid according to a super secret contract that only applies when it suits Bernie. If Mad Max gets involved, he will take over the Motion Picture Academy & limit the budgets for making any movie to $7.65. Actors will need to pay license fees linked to the medals they win. Scripts for all movies that want to be released during the next year will need to be submitted by 29 May, else they wont be allowed to be shown.



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