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Brad Pitt’s untitled ‘racing’ film project has Hollywood studios bidding against streamers for it

Brad Pitt’s ‘racing’ film with Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski has Hollywood studios going neck-and-neck in a bidding war with streamers

  • Brad Pitt is attached to an untitled racing film with Joseph Kosinski directing
  • The project has launched a bidding war, according to The Hollywood Reporter
  • MGM, Paramount, Sony and Universal are among the competition
  • Streamers including Apple, Amazon and Netflix are also interested
  • Pitt previously tried to make what became Ford V Ferrari with Kosinski 


Studios and streamers are putting the pedal to the metal in hopes of snagging Brad Pitt‘s newest film project.

The 57-year-old Oscar winner is attached to star in an untitled ‘racing’ film to be helmed by Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

Thanks to Pitt’s perennial popularity and Kosinski’s high-profile Tom Cruise–starring sequel, film studios and streamers are now duking it out in a bidding war for the rights to the project.

Racing for first: : An untitled ‘racing’ film with Brad Pitt, 57, attached to star has set Hollywood studios and streamers into a bidding war, according to The Hollywood Reporter; seen in February in 2020

The upcoming film is shaping up to have an action film dream team working under the hood, as super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer is attached to the project, as is screenwriter Ehren Kruger.

Kruger has a long list of credits ranging from modern classic horror films like The Ring to multiple Transformers flicks, Tim Burton’s Dumbo and Kosinski’s Top Gun sequel. 

Sources told the publication that heavy hitters MGM, Paramount, Sony and Universal are all vying for the film.

They’re also competing with some of the most high-profile streaming services, including Amazon, Apple TV+ and Netflix. 

Heavy hitters: The untitled project is set to be directed by Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski; seen in 2017

Legend: Super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (R) is also attached; seen October 16

Heavy hitters: The untitled project is set to be directed by Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski (L), and super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (R) is also attached

The sources note that Disney, which doesn’t often engage in bidding wars like this, is also competing for Pitt’s new film.

Few details are available on the film, which is expected to be connected to racing, though insiders say that British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton is connected to the project. 

Pitt has reportedly long been interested in making a racing picture with Kosinski, and the duo were previously in talks to make an early version of what eventually became the hit racing film Ford V Ferrari.

An early version of the project was titled Go Like Hell and featured Kosinski directing Pitt with Tom Cruise.

Experience: Few details are available on the film, which is expected to be connected to racing, though insiders say British racer Lewis Hamilton is connected to the project; pictured in September in NYC

Experience: Few details are available on the film, which is expected to be connected to racing, though insiders say British racer Lewis Hamilton is connected to the project; pictured in September in NYC

Change of plans: Pitt previously wanted to work on a racing film with Kosinski and Tom Cruise, which evolved into Ford V Ferrari and eventually starred Matt Damon and Christian Bale; pictured in 2019

Change of plans: Pitt previously wanted to work on a racing film with Kosinski and Tom Cruise, which evolved into Ford V Ferrari and eventually starred Matt Damon and Christian Bale; pictured in 2019

After undergoing significant changes, Logan director James Mangold helmed Ford V Ferrari and Matt Damon and Christian Bale played the two leads.

Kosinski was still able to work with Cruise later on Top Gun: Maverick, and he may now have his chance to collaborate with Pitt.

Although racing- and car-focused films have a mixed history of success with audiences, Ford V Ferrari’s commercial performance and critical approval suggest that they can still be a hit under the right conditions.

Pitt received some of the greatest reviews of his career for his 2019 Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which costarred Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie and earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He followed it up with the critically acclaimed but underseen science fiction epic Ad Astra.

The actor and producer will next appear in the comedy The Lost City Of D with Sandra Bullock, the action thriller Bullet Train and La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s film Babylon. 

Crossing the finish line: The racing drama proved the sometimes-unreliable genre can still be a hit with audiences and critics alike; still from Ford V Ferrari

Crossing the finish line: The racing drama proved the sometimes-unreliable genre can still be a hit with audiences and critics alike; still from Ford V Ferrari

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