The highly anticipated, yet-to-be-titled F1 movie starring Brad Pitt is racing towards an exciting, albeit bumpy, journey to the big screen, with F1 legend Lewis Hamilton weighing in on the possible release date.
In the film, directed by Joseph Kosinski, Pitt embodies the character of Sonny Hayes, an aging, retired F1 driver whose career was halted by a catastrophic crash in the 1990s. The plot thickens when Javier Bardem, portraying a struggling F1 team owner, persuades Hayes to join APXGP as a mentor to the young and talented Joshua Pierce, played by Damson Idris. Kerry Condon stars as the team’s Technical Director, a pivotal role in the development of their race car.
However, the project, as the Budapest Reporter wrote earlier, hit a significant roadblock a few months ago. Due to sponsorship issues, the filmmakers reportedly had to discard a great amount of footage shot this year, and now even more details emerged regarding the costs.
Accord to GPFans.com, it is alleged that some USD 20 million had been spent on creating an entire racing grid of replica Formula 1 cars that look similar to the F1 cars of 2023.
The reshoot not only inflates the production budget but also poses a challenge to the timeline. Lewis Hamilton, also a producer and a seven-time F1 champion, speculated in a statement to RacingNews365 that the film’s release is likely to be pushed to early 2025 due to the extensive post-production work necessitated by these changes.
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