Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has expressed high expectations for the upcoming Brad Pitt movie about Formula 1, likening its potential impact on the sport to that of the immensely popular Netflix series Drive to Survive. The film has been granted unprecedented access to the F1 organization, even taking over a pit garage and filming cars on track during certain race sessions. However, an unforeseen development has led to the temporary shutdown of the movie’s shooting.
During the recent British Grand Prix at Silverstone, modified Formula 2 cars for the film were positioned at the back of the grid, and both Brad Pitt and Damson Idris were given special permission to join the national anthem ceremony alongside driver Max Verstappen. The film crew made its presence felt in the paddock with a dedicated hospitality unit, truck, and a temporary building for equipment storage.
Support from F1
While the production has garnered significant attention and support from the F1 organization, a situation has arisen that has resulted in the suspension of filming. Further details about the specific reasons for the shutdown and its potential impact on the movie’s production schedule are yet to be disclosed.
As fans eagerly await the release of the Formula 1 film featuring Brad Pitt, the collaboration between Hollywood and the racing world promises to bring an exciting and unique perspective to the sport, much like the popular Drive to Survive series did for F1 enthusiasts worldwide.
Current planning for the shoot
The movie’s filming will continue as planned at upcoming races, although logistical challenges may necessitate some adjustments at certain venues, such as Zandvoort. Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali expressed his contentment with the initial filming at Silverstone, commending the production’s quality and the positive reception it received from the F1 community.
One deliberate decision made during the movie’s development was to create a fictional 11th team, rather than featuring the stars driving for existing outfits. This choice was aimed at ensuring fairness and preserving the sport’s integrity. Domenicali firmly believes that the film will significantly boost Formula 1’s popularity and visibility, drawing parallels to the impact that platforms like Netflix and social media have had in expanding the sport’s reach. The collaboration between the movie and the world of Formula 1 promises to captivate audiences and elevate the sport to new heights.
F1 CEO happy with the idea of movie
Domenicali also emphasized the importance of portraying Formula 1 in a positive light, with a storyline that captures the essence of the sport. Producer Lewis Hamilton has played a key role in ensuring the authenticity and credibility of the film, having deep knowledge of the sport’s intricacies.
Team principals are fully supportive of the movie project and anticipate positive outcomes for Formula 1. The professionalism of the film crew has been praised, and efforts were made to ensure that filming did not disrupt the normal functioning of the teams during race weekends.
F1 Movie ‘shut down’ last week
The ongoing strike by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) in the United States has led to an unfortunate halt in the production of Joseph Kosinski’s highly-anticipated Formula 1 film, featuring Brad Pitt. This strike, the first of its kind since 1980, revolves around issues of fair pay and the utilization of artificial intelligence in productions.
The strike has had a far-reaching impact on the entertainment industry, resulting in the suspension of numerous high-profile projects. Actors and screenwriters, as members of the SAG-AFTRA union, have taken a stand by stepping away from media commitments and film sets, causing delays in various productions.
Regrettably, Joseph Kosinski’s F1 film has also been directly affected, as the actors involved in the project are loyal members of the SAG-AFTRA union. As a result, all filming for the movie has been brought to a standstill, significantly disrupting the production timeline.
According to a source close to the production last week stated that “All filming is shut down for now. Brad had really enjoyed himself, but he is definitely a very loyal member of the union.”
UPDATE for Hungary: Filming of the new F1 movie continues
Despite the ongoing Hollywood strike involving actors and writers, filming for Brad Pitt’s Formula 1 film is pressing ahead at the Budapest Grand Prix, for now.
Lewis Hamilton, the co-producer and consultant on the project, expressed relief that they can continue with the shoot despite the strike.
“Fortunately we can move on. Hopefully we can get some important parts of the film finished here,” Hamilton stated.
Setup continues in the paddock for the ’11th team’
A separate garage has been set up for the fictitious Apex racing team in Budapest, led by Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt, similar to what was done at the previous location in Silverstone. Actors dressed in the team’s racing suits have been seen walking through the paddock, and racing scenes and other footage for the film are expected to be filmed at the track during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The impact of the Hollywood strike on the original shooting plans and whether Brad Pitt would personally travel to Budapest for filming were initially uncertain. The strike, initiated by screenwriters and joined by all unionized actors, including Pitt, revolves around better pay and regulations for the use of artificial intelligence.
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Brad Pitt expected in Hungary
Despite the challenges, Brad Pitt has been fully dedicated to the Formula 1 film. In the movie, he portrays a racing driver who leaves Formula 1 after an accident but returns years later to help an unsuccessful team at the request of its boss. The film is being directed by Joseph Kosinski, with Jerry Bruckheimer as the producer – the duo had previously collaborated on the blockbuster hit “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Lewis Hamilton, who has seen some of the filmed scenes, expressed his excitement about the project’s interim result.
“I’ve seen a few scenes now that made me even more excited for the final result,” the 38-year-old Mercedes driver shared.