Okay, so “Blackhat” did dismal box office, and even diehard fans of director Michael Mann struggled to make a case for the movie (though a handful will). The filmmaker is stepping away from the world hackers and into the driver’s seat for his long brewing “Ferrari,” and he’s got a big name to lead the movie.
Christian Bale is reteaming with his “Public Enemies” director for the project. Based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races” with a script by Troy Kennedy Martin (“The Italian Job”) and David Rayfield (“Out of Africa”), the film tells story of the founder of one of the most famous car company’s in the world. The ’50s-set story will also have a romantic angle as part of the plot, and a female lead is being sought.
This won’t shoot until next summer (“The Promise” co-starring Oscar Isaac is next for Bale — it starts lensing in September), but now it’s pre-sales season, so the filmmakers are trying to hustle up the budget. Certainly, this is an impressive package to shop around. [Deadline]