Ford Vs. Ferrari: Mangold Next Film about Designing Fastest Racecar

James Mangold will direct a film about the battle between the designers at Ford and Ferrari to create the world’s fastest racecar.

Based on a true story, the film follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship. The project doesn’t have a formal title, but is known internally as the “Untitled Ford vs. Ferrari Project.”

Mangold was set to make a drama about kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, but it was canceled after complaints by the Hearst family. The Hearsts were concerned that the film would depict Patty as an enthusiastic member of the SLA, the terrorist group that kidnapped her and which she later joined.