Brad Pitt’s Formula 1 movie has been in production for over a year and as stated before, it’s directed by Joseph Kosinski of Top Gun: Maverick fame. As such, there is a heavy focus on the machinery these films are based around, it was fighter jets before, now it’s race cars, and realism is a big focus. How does the machine operate in reality? The best way to show this is by using the actual machine in your movie rather than CGI, and according to F1 pundit Will Buxton, that’s exactly what they’re doing.
The upcoming film stars Pitt as a retired racer who is brought back to the track for one last time and the production team will be capturing the reality of F1 by filming every race from the British Grand Prix onwards.
What an honour to host the final panel of the day at #F1Accelerate with movie royalty Jerry Bruckheimer and Joseph Kosinski. Their F1 movie sounds incredible. They’re creating an 11th team and filming on track and on event from Silverstone to the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/fPAn2rJVoS— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) May 4, 2023
Pitt will be driving a version of an F1 car designed by Mercedes which will feature the “smallest moveable 6k camera ever designed” to really absorb the viewer in the cockpit. The cockpit which Pitt and his co-stars will actually drive. Lewis Hamilton is in “daily communication” with the team and “advising on storyline and script to ensure it’s the most accurate racing film ever made.”
They’ve spent 18 months taking what they learnt on Top Gun Maverick to develop the smallest moveable 6k camera ever designed to take the viewer into the cockpit. A cockpit in which their stars will actually drive. That’s right. Brad Pitt driving an F1 car from Silverstone onwards— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) May 4, 2023
The car has been designed by Mercedes and is already testing (you may have seen a video online.) As are their actors, in sim and real life. Lewis Hamilton is in daily communication and is advising on storyline and script to ensure it’s the most accurate racing film ever made.— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) May 4, 2023
Hamilton spoke about the project saying, “I have such high hopes for it. I know we’re going to make the best racing movie that’s ever existed, both visually, and we’re going to work on making sure we pull on the heartstrings of all those fans.”