After a highly competitive auction, Imperative Entertainment has acquired movie rights to “Faster,” Neal Bascomb’s upcoming work about French Jewish racecar driver Rene Dreyfus.

Imperative Entertainment partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will produce the film and Bascomb will executive produce. Imperative’s Jillian Apfelbaum will co-produce the film.  The book will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is slated to be released in March, 2019.

Dreyfus won three dozen major races during the 1920s and 1930s and become a national hero. He joined forces with American heiress Lucy Schell to take on Adolf Hitler’s famed Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow racing team on the Grand Prix European circuit in 1938.

Three-year-old Imperative has been attempting to establish itself as a company committed to bringing prestigious literary material to the big screen. The company is developing projects based on “Killers of the Flower Moon’ by David Grann, “Tangerine” by Christine Mangan, and New York Times-bestselling “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain.

Imperative’s upcoming film, “All the Money in the World,” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, is scheduled for theatrical release Dec. 8 from Sony.

Bascomb’s books include “The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb” and “One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth.”

Bascomb is repped by Eric Lupfer at Fletcher & Company and WME, which also brokered the deal with Imperative.