Motor racing has always offered drama to burn – just ask fans of Netflix’s Drive to Survive – and now there’s going to be drama about the life of racing legend Enzo Ferrari. Steven Knight, creator of Peaky Blinders and Oscar nominee, is writing the series for Apple TV Plus, based on the Ferrari Rex biography by Luca Dal Monte.
If you were intrigued by the glimpse of Italian racing driver-turned-car mogul Enzo Ferrari in the 2019 film, this series will be for you. According to the synopsis provided by Apple, the show portrays Ferrai as “a titanic, complex, and multi-faceted man who dedicated his genius to the mission of building the fastest race car in history,” but whose caption included “a wake of tragedy and torment”. along the way.”
The show will focus on the period between 1956 and 1961, when Ferrari was reeling from the death of its son Dino and the conflict with its driver Juan Manuel Fangio, forcing it to rebuild its racing team with five young drivers.
Knight was Oscar-nominated for the 2004 drama Dirty Pretty Things and recently premiered Apple’s fantasy series See. His experience with true-to-life drama fiction includes Spencer and the upcoming SAS: Rogue Heroes. Italian director Stefano Sollima takes the wheel of the series, having directed Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Suburra and Gomorrah.
As often happens, the show has a rival in its rear-view mirror: a long-gestating biopic from Heat and Ali director Michael Mann, currently slated to star Adam Driver as the man himself (after Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman were previously announced). If you are a Formula 1 fan, also look for afrom Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski and F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
It is not yet known who will play Ferrari in the Apple series, while neither project has a release date.
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