Tom Cruise, Joseph Kosinski Board ‘Go Like Hell’

Joseph Kosinski & Tom Cruise: 'Go

Project re-teams 'Oblivion' pair

Tom Cruise is returning to the world of auto racing for the first time since 1990’s “Days of Thunder,” reteaming with “Oblivion” director Joseph Kosinski on “Go Like Hell” for Fox.

Cruise and Kosinski are in talks with the studio, and their deals have not been finalized. Alex Young and Lucas Foster are producing “Go Like Hell.”

The story centers on the battle between Ford and Ferrari for dominance in the sports car marketplace. The project is based on A.J. Baime’s book “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and their Battle For Speed and Glory at Le Mans,” which recaps Ford’s successful 1966 challenge to Ferrari with a car designed by Carroll Shelby.

Cruise would portray Shelby, who teamed with Henry Ford II and Ford executive Lee Iacocca to change the image of the Ford brand by making a splash in European car racing, which had been dominated by Ferrari cars.

The trio developed the Ford GT40, which became the first American car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and went on to win four years running.

The book was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2009.

Fox has been developing the project since 2011. Michael Mann was attached to direct at that point and the studio had been  looking at Brad Pitt as a prospect for a lead role.

SEE ALSO: Fox, Mann rev up ‘Go Like Hell’

“Oblivion” grossed $286 million worldwide earlier this year.

Cruise officially signed on in May to the next installment of Paramount and Skydance’s “Mission: Impossible” franchise. Christopher McQuarrie came on to direct in August.

The actor will be seen next in Warner Bros. sci-fier “Edge of Tomorrow,” due out June 6.

CAA represents Cruise and Verve reps Kosinski.

The Wrap.com website first reported the news.

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  1. gLENN bILLINGS says:

    When is this picture due out.?? I have read the book twice, once at the 2014 lemans race. Hollywood would destroy the inner workings of the book. Should be a two hour documentary. That would be better

  2. Denny M. says:

    Cruise is a horrible choice to pay Shelby. Matthew MacConaughy would be much more plausible. Shelby was a big, strapping man.

  3. Fred H. says:

    I do hope that in the movie there will be attention for the heroic game changing moment at the start of Le Mans 1969 by Jackie Ickx. Car racing until that moment took at least the life of one driver per annum due to the fact the ‘Le Mans’ start was globally used. Hereby drivers run to their car at the start, ignite and drive away. Frequently without strapping safety belts. By the G-forces they could be projected out of their seats, losing control and even catapulted from their car. Jackie Ickx refused to have this type of start, loss of life and just walked across the track towards his car a (dated) Ford GT40. He stepped himself well in the safety belts and started in last position. Despite this set-back he won the race after overtaking a superior new Porsche in the last corner with the smallest difference ever. How about that! After this race the starting procedure was changed to the line up we know nowadays.

  4. Ralph Lehotsky says:

    The quote below was taken from the article “Tom Cruise, Joe Kosinski Set To ‘Go Like Hell’
    By Garth Franklin in the website Dark Horizons. This article does the same – “…which recaps Ford’s successful 1966 challenge to Ferrari with a car designed by Carroll Shelby.” Where do you guys come up with these fantasies! Read the history of the GT40; hell, read AJ Baime’s book. Unforgivable!

  5. Ralph Lehotsky says:

    “…Ford challenged Ferrari with a car designed by racer-turned-car designer Carroll Shelby – the GT40.”

    Who writes this stuff. They obviously have never read the book, or for that matter, the real history of the development of the GT40. Authors of articles nowadays take so many liberties, and then other people believe it and quote it as fact. These writers just make things up as they go.

    Pisses me off!!!

  6. harry georgatos says:

    Hey, Tom can you get your pals at Paramount Pictures to finally release John Woo’s three and half hour directors cut of MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE 2 ? Editor Stuart Baird was asked by Paramount to take out an hour and half of material to only turn up with that horrid theatrical release!!! Scenes were abbreviated to flashes of quick cuts that barely made sense the 3 and 1/2 hour was rated R and Baird was asked to make it PG13. A major action set-piece was taken out. It’s finally time for the 3 and 1/2 hour cut to be released for home entertainment as Paramount would make a killing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be a sign of respect to John Woo who was damaged by bad reviews as a result of the damaged product released in cinemas!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. A.J. says:

    I can’t wait to see this movie.

  8. jeremy kleinman says:

    This is great news! The book is fantastic. A must read. I can’t wait to see how they bring it to the big screen!

  9. Nanny Mo says:

    And Oblivion made so much money that it makes sense to let these guys waste more. Go Fox! You deserve what you get.

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