A potential new Apple TV+ movie deal, if finalized, would file as the company’s second film deal featuring famed Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.
- Apple is finalizing negotiations for a Formula 1 movie starring Brad Pitt
- The package deal is reportedly in the $130 million $140 million range
- British racing driver Lewis Hamilton is involved in some capacity
Brad Pitt to star in a potential new Apple TV+ movie
Apple is close to closing a second Apple TV+ movie deal featuring Brad Pitt, Deadline reports. It’s said to be in the last, exclusive negotiations to acquire an untitled film in which Hollywood star Brad Pitt would portray a retired Formula 1 driver who gets to mentor a young driver. Read: How to sign up for the Apple TV+ streaming service
When the project was pitched, six major suitors were interested in it: Paramount, MGM, Sony and Universal, as well as Netflix and Amazon. Right now, Apple is the only streamer in the running, with no other suitor bidding for the rights to the film.
Apple is in exclusive negotiations and will close the first big film package of the new year. That’s the highly competitive race to acquire an untitled pitch package that will have Brad Pitt playing a racer who comes out of retirement to mentor a younger driver and take his final stab at glory on the track as the younger driver’s teammate.
The package deal is reportedly in the $130 million $140 million range.
Deadline notes that the figure puts the project in line with several big package deals made last year, “the kind that seems perfectly suited to streamers that need content but are still getting up to speed on the development front.”
“Top Gun: Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski will helm, with Ehren Kruger writing the script and Jerry Bruckheimer producing alongside Plan B.
Should Apple close this deal, it’d be the second Apple TV film project starring Brad Pitt.
Sometime in 2022, the video-streaming service will also host a new Jon Watts movie packaged with not one but two leading stars: Brad Pitt and George Clooney. The as of yet untitled film will center around a pair of lone wolf fixers who reportedly get the same gig.