Apple is in the process of acquiring the rights to Brad Pitt’s Formula 1 racing film.
There has been a bidding war for the hot new project, which is being led by “Top Gun: Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski, but reports suggest Apple is close to closing a deal.
Jerry Bruckheimer of “Top Gun” is producing the film with Plan B and British racing legend Sir Lewis Hamilton is also involved – although Formula 1 is not yet officially involved in the project.
Brad, 58, will play a racing driver who will come out of retirement to mentor a young driver and try one last shot at the track as a teammate of the young driver.
Pitt and Kosinski had already tried to make a racing film with “Go Like Hell” in 2013. The story would have chronicled the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari at Le Mans.
The story will eventually reach the screen in the 2019 film “Le Mans ’66” – which starred Matt Damon and Christian Bale and was directed by James Mangold.
The new project is Pitt’s second big deal with Apple – after the company won the rights to an untitled film directed by Spider-Man director Jon Watts that features Brad and George Clooney as two wolf “repairers” loners assigned to the same job.
Brad and George have worked together on “Burn After Reading” and the “Oceans” films before and Clooney joked that he was looking forward to collaborating with his “cheap” co-star again.
The 60-year-old actor said, “He’s a friend of mine and we’re having a great time together. I can’t wait.
“Brad was obviously the cheapest actor available.”