RUSH – another old school F1 film

Watching Senna and seeing all the fiery passion that went behind F1 racing back in the days makes me curious about seeing this upcoming F1 film. Should prove to be an appealing way, for us Fn’ F’ers, to look back into history. Especially after reading the names of the director and cast.
Don’t judge the above poster, which looks like a crappy B movie from the late seventies of such just read on:

Just the Facts:

  • Director Ron Howard’s new movie Rush opens on September 20, 2013.
  • Rush chronicles the epic 1976 battle for the Formula One World Championship between Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
  • Rush stars Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Bruhl of Inglourious Basterds as Lauda.
  • The movie was filmed this past spring mostly at racetracks across Europe, including the Nürburgring.

Niki Lauda Picture

HOLLYWOOD, California — On Friday Universal Studios announced that it would release Ron Howard’s new film Rush to theaters on September 20, 2013. That’s just about 13 months from now, though primary filming of the Formula One epic about the “merciless rivalry” between Niki Lauda and James Hunt during the 1970s was completed last May. The script is from British writer Chris Morgan, who also penned 2006’s The Queen and his previous collaboration with Howard, 2008’s Frost/Nixon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was produced and financed independently by Cross Creek Entertainment and Exclusive Media, with Universal merely handling the release in North America. There’s no word yet on when Rush may open in other markets.

While Rush was in production, Howard regularly updated fans from his Twitter feed featuring photos from the set. The production gathered up classic racecars from the mid-’70s to re-create the 1976 season in particular. That includes actual examples of Lauda’s 312T2 and Hunt’s McLaren M23. Look for other legendary machines like the six-wheel Tyrrell P34 in the race scenes.

Howard’s career has often intersected with automotive culture. As a 19-year-old actor he starred in George Lucas’ 1973 classic portrayal of early-1960s teen car culture, American Graffiti and he later raced a Camaro through 1976’s Eat My Dust. His first feature-length movie as a director was a car movie, Grand Theft Auto, also released in 1976. His underappreciated 1986 film, Gung Ho was about the turmoil inside an American auto plant when a Japanese company takes it over.

He has also directed non-automotive films including Apollo 13, Splash, A Beautiful Mind, Backdraft andParenthood. Apparently, for some reason, people went to go see all of those. He even won something called an “Oscar” for directing A Beautiful Mind.


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