Logan director James Mangold will tackle a Ford vs. Ferrari movie, documenting an epic rivalry between the two automakers. Mangold has lined up the project after his previously announced Patty Hearst movie was put on ice when the Heart family objected. The Heart clan reportedly worried Mangold’s film would portray the famous kidnap and alleged brainwashing victim as a willing terrorist.
Mangold currently finds himself basking in the glory of his first career Oscar nomination, for his work co-writing Logan. The R-rated Logan broke new ground for franchise superhero movies, raising the bar on both realism and violence. Audiences embraced Logan‘s gritty take on Wolverine as the film grossed $616 million worldwide. However, with Disney’s acquisition of Fox, there is concern we’ve seen the end of the brief adult-oriented comic book movie wave.
After Logan‘s success, Mangold will now steer away from superheros and enter the realm of historic automotive rivalries. Variety reports the director will tackle an as yet untitled Ford vs. Ferrari movie for 20th Century Fox. The film tells the true story of an intrepid group of engineers tasked by Henry Ford II with defeating the dominant Ferrari team at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship. Edge of Tomorrow writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth will work with Mangold. The director reportedly wants Christian Bale and Matt Damon for the lead roles of car designers Ken Miles and Caroll Shelby.
Michael Mann previously showed interest in tackling this same story, adapting the book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans“. However, the rights to that book have switched hands and it will now be adapted into a TV series. Incidentally, Logan star Hugh Jackman at one time showed interest in starring in Mann’s Ford v. Ferrari film. Mangold reportedly will make a totally different Ford vs. Ferrari project based on different source material. For whatever reason, some heavyweight directors find themselves fascinated by this particular automotive rivalry. Scoring Bale and Damon for the cast would go a long way toward selling audiences on the story too.
In addition to Ford vs. Ferrari, Mangold is also in line to direct an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel The Force. At this time, it’s not clear which of the two projects will come first. One thing we do know: neither film will include a post-credits scene. Mangold recently went on a tirade against the practice of post-credits scenes, accusing filmmakers of somehow cheating the audience. Later, the Logan director went on another rant in which he called the practice of inserting Easter eggs into movies “childish.”
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