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'Rush' to give Lauda Hollywood tribute treatment

24 June 2011

Hot on the heels of the critically-acclaimed Senna, Niki Lauda is to get the silver screen treatment after plans to recreate the dramatic 1976 F1 season were unveiled.

Unlike Senna, which was essentially a documentary pieced together using existing footage and commentary with added voice-overs, the Lauda film is expected to be a dramatised production in true Hollywood style, with established director Ron Howard - noted for his fact-based movies Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon amongst others - and scriptwriter Peter Morgan, who collaborated with Howard on Frost/Nixon, already involved.

According to sources, the production is likely to be entitled Rush, and would follow the story of Lauda's infamous Nurburgring accident and his subsequent return to the track, despite having been given the last rites while in hospital. The Austrian was already a world champion at the time of his fiery shunt on the Nordschliefe, having taken the 1975 crown with Ferrari, and would go on to win a couple more before retiring for good in the mid 1980s.

Although no confirmation has been made, Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass - who also has fact-based film history with projects including Bloody Sunday and United 93 - being tabbed for the job.


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