Leading movie director Michael Mann is to begin shooting an Enzo Ferrari biopic in 2016 – the second film set for release about the legendary Italian car magnate and racing team boss.
Hot on the heels of plans for Robert De Niro to play Enzo in a separate venture, Variety has revealed that Mann’s long-planned film is finally about to go into production.
The New Yorker had reported in January that the film was in the pipeline: “In the fifties,” it quoted Ferrari enthusiast Mann as saying, “[Enzo] would roast chickens in the barn where they kept the wooden bucks on which they beat the aluminum body panels, and listen on the radio to his team racing – in those days the death rate for racers was as much as fifty per cent a year.”
Mann shot to fame as the executive producer of the Miami Vice TV series, then repeated his success on the big screen with Last of the Mohicans in the early 1990s, which he followed up with blockbusters Heat and The Insider.
It also states that a previous effort to launch the film with Al Pacino playing the lead role and directed by Sidney Pollack faltered in 2004.
The project will be taken to market at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.