Casting is yet to be completed but the likes of Christian Bale and Matt Damon are being eyed to play the roles of sports car racing engineer and driver best known for his motorsport career in the USA, Ken Miles and American automotive designer, racing driver, and entrepreneur, Caroll Shelby.
The script will be written by Edge of Tomorrow’s John-Henry and Jez Butterworth and will focus on an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver Ken Miles.
The team are dispatched by Henry Ford II to build an entirely new automobile with the potential to defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.
The project, which strengthens Mangold’s working relationship with 20th Century Fox, hasn’t been made clear it will be the director’s next. He is also attached to direct the adaptation of Don Winslow’s best-selling crime thriller, The Force. He had been down to direct the drama surrounding Hearst heiress Patty Hearst and her kidnapping by the SLA but the drama was pulled due to complaints from the Hearst family painting Patty in a light they were not comfortable with.
20th Century Fox had previously held the rights to the A.J. Baime book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans,” but the rights have now been obtained by Legendary Entertainment. Legendary plan to make a TV series on the subject.