Brad Pitt’s F1 film reportedly had a bizarre production speed bump (Update: F1 denies)

Brad Pitt’s F1 film reportedly had a bizarre production speed bump (Update: F1 denies)

Update: 3:25 PM on 11/15/2023: A Formula 1 spokesperson denied the allegations in correspondence with R&T. The series states that none of the sponsors involved in the film have changed, and that they all remain committed for the duration of the project. Furthermore, Formula 1 has reiterated its plans for Pitt and his teammates to hit the track during more Grands Prix in 2024, which it maintains has been planned for some time and not merely as a result of the SAG strike. “All footage captured this year is relevant,” F1 said via email, adding that “the film will ensure continuity of the 2023 Formula 1 season with footage captured in 2024.” The series indicates that the film is still on track for 2025, which it claims is part of the original release timeframe.

Brad Pitt and his crew are forced to leave a large portion of the racing footage they captured for their upcoming Formula 1 film on the cutting room floor, due to… the sun Relates to sponsorship issues following the SAG-AFTRA strike.

According to the British newspaper, sponsorship agreements signed with various companies before the actors’ strike were changed, leaving the production company with a batch of footage that was no longer viable. Pitt and his teammates spent the first half of this year’s Formula 1 season traveling alongside series regulars, which was done in an attempt to capture some of the real speed and racing on film for the project. Not only was this intended to help give the film a more realistic look, it would have helped cut down on the production costs associated with recreating this type of event on track.

“However, with all the sponsors changed, the footage became invalid,” an unnamed source said. the sun.

Formula 1 Aramco British Grand Prix 2023

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The unnamed film from Apple Studios is directed by “Top Gun: Maverick” lead Joseph Koscinski, who Pitt previously collaborated with to tell the story of Ford vs Ferrari before James Mangold’s film began. Pitt plays fictional driver Sonny Hayes, who quits the sport after a particularly horrific accident. The film follows Hayes’ return to the sport years after his retirement, where he serves as a mentor to a young, talented driver. Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is also involved in the project, serving as executive producer alongside Jerry Bruckheimer. The duo will have a lot to figure out if the sponsorship situation remains as fragile as reported, although hopefully the challenges won’t be too great for the film to continue.

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Born and raised in metro Detroit, Associate Editor Lucas Bell has spent his entire life surrounded by the automotive industry. He may drive an old Mustang every day, but a Porsche 944 and an NB Miata occupy most of his free time.

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