CHAMPCAR/CART: Sylvester Stallone and Franchise Pictures to Make CART Film

Stallone and Franchise Pictures Join CART to Make Film Featuring FedEx Championship Series as Backdrop HOMESTEAD, Fla. (February 9, 2000) - Sylvester Stallone, one of the world's best-known actors and film-makers, has created a film ...

Stallone and Franchise Pictures Join CART to Make Film Featuring FedEx Championship Series as Backdrop

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (February 9, 2000) - Sylvester Stallone, one of the world's best-known actors and film-makers, has created a film storyline around Championship Auto Racing Teams and Champ Car racing with a planned theatrical release in 2001.

At an announcement today at CART's fifth annual Spring Training - the kickoff to the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season at Miami-Homestead Speedway in South Florida - Stallone joined CART Chairman and CEO Andrew Craig and CART Vice President of Broadcasting Keith Allo in making the announcement.

"CART's brand of open-wheel auto racing provides some of the most thrilling, emotionally involving and inspiring form of sport in the world," said Stallone, who has 32 movies to his credit as an actor, including such classics as the series of Rocky films, as well as five movies in which he has directed.

"It is extremely important to me that we create a film that accurately depicts the true sense of CART- the emotion, excitement, speed, technology and glamour that is Champ Car racing," Stallone added. "Our goal is to begin shooting this season with the intention of releasing the film next year."

Details regarding talent for the film were not released.

"We are extremely pleased to be working with a film-maker the stature of Sylvester Stallone," said Craig. "His interest in racing has been well-documented for several years and we believe this is a great opportunity for CART to reach out to a broader audience through a film produced by one of the icons of the entertainment industry."

Stallone and his production team will be working closely with CART and Allo in making the film. The script was written by Stallone and is now in the process of being finalized.

"Working with Sylvester and his team is a wonderful opportunity for CART," said Allo. "Sylvester is responsible for creating arguably the best sports picture of all time in Rocky, and he knows what it takes to tell a story in an interesting and compelling way. Couple that with the intensely visible and highly emotional sport of Champ Car racing and we believe it is a recipe for a film that will be very entertaining."

The film. a production of Elie Samaha's Franchise Pictures, is currently titled "Champs" and shooting is scheduled to begin in June, 2000. Additional details, including those relating to the film's talent, will be released soon.

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