F1 Movie: Director promises real action just like Top Gun: Maverick

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Director Joseph Kosinski has shared his plans to use practical effects similar to his previous movie Top Gun: Maverick in the upcoming F1 movie. The film is set to star Brad Pitt, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the production team.

In his latest interview with The Wrap, Kosinski promised us real action instead of using computer-generated imagery (CGI) that he feels the audience has grown tired of seeing. Just like in Tom Cruise’s Top Gun, the production team will use practical in-camera actions and will shoot scenes in a single take, meaning we will be watching real races and F1 cars that will give us a sense of what it is like to be a racing driver.

“Certainly, seeing people react to an in-camera, authentically captured film like Top Gun: Maverick makes us all feel good that our approach works and is appreciated by audiences,” said Joseph Kosinski.

“It’s almost funny to me to see people who are so enamoured with real photography. Younger people almost haven’t seen a lot of it. They’re so used to CGI being a tool of big movies that when you shoot something for real, it feels innovative.”

“That’s exactly the approach for ‘F1 movie’ to shoot at the real races and real cars and capture it. It’s going to be a huge challenge but an exciting one for me.”

The F1 movie will feature Brad Pitt as a driver who comes out of retirement to race alongside a rookie against the titans of the sport. The script is written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Lewis Hamilton, with Jerry Bruckheimer also being attached to the project. The title and the cast are yet to be revealed, and the release date might be sometime in 2023 as rumored. 

This will be Joseph Kosinski’s latest project after Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing movie, which has earned more than a billion dollars at the global box office.

With all of the buzz surrounding it, this is just one of many other exciting F1 projects in the works along with the next season of Netflix’s most well-known F1 documentary series ‘Drive to Survive‘, and Keanu Reeves’ four-part docuseries for Disney+ that will be focusing on the current F1 managing director Ross Brawn and his two-time championship winning team, Brawn GP.

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