According to Deadline, Christian Bale has signed on to play Enzo Ferrari in the Silver Screen adaptation of Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Race, The Machine”, which chronicles the rise of the automobile mogul.
The movie is yet to have been bought by a studio/distributor but will be directed by 72 year old Chicago-born Michael Mann. The director has already worked with Bale on 2009’s Public Enemies, and is said to have been working on the Ferrari project for over 15 years. Mann’s latest outing Blackhat brought home only $17million worldwide for Relativity, a mere fraction of the $70million budget, despite starring Chris Hemsworth in the lead role. With motorsport related films often producing little in terms of financial return at the box office, this could be seen as a risk for the director who has directed such classics as The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Heat (1995).
It’s being reported that the project is being packaged with the hope of finding partners at the Toronto Film Festival during the second week of September.