Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has signed on as producer for Brad Pitt’s upcoming film about racing, which will be streamed on Apple.
The seven-time world champion, 37, is teaming up with Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment writer Ehren Kruger and Jerry Bruckheimer Films producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman for the self-titled project, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Tuesday.
The film will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, who also directed the hit film Top Gun: Maverick.
The plot will focus on the character of 58-year-old Pitt, a seasoned racing driver who comes after retirement to coach a promising young rookie.
The outlet reported that Kosinski conceived the concept of the film after meeting Hamilton through Tom Cruise while making this year’s “Top Gun” sequel.
Shortly after speaking to the Mercedes driver, Kosinski met Pitt to convince him to sign up as the lead.
In December 2021, Apple reportedly defeated Netflix, Amazon and MGM to buy the distribution rights to the film.
The film will reportedly be in theaters for at least 30 to 60 days before streaming on Apple TV+.
Pitt and his production company are expected to receive $40 to $50 million for the project, sources said in the report.
In addition, Kosinski and Bruckheimer were able to earn well into the eight figures.
According to insiders, Apple and the filmmakers will split the intake of the theatrical release 50/50. The creative team will be paid in three ways with prepayments, a high buyout fee and the “theatrical” backend.
The sport with a strong European focus has been growing in popularity in the United States since Netflix’s “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” attracted serious viewers in 2019.
The sport took the world by storm when crowds of celebrities and elites flocked to the first annual Miami Grand Prix in May.