Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit”) will develop and direct an untitled drama set against the world of NASCAR racing for Universal Pictures says Variety.
NASCAR has agreed to cooperate, so Ross will be able to use the circuit’s tracks and footage of actual races and drivers, as well as shoot scenes during races.
Penned by “Sopranos” executive producer Terence Winter (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), which will focus on an up-and-coming driver who scratches his way into the circuit and develops a mentor/rival relationship with the driver he grew up idolizing.
The dynamic is made more complex because the vet racer’s son drives for his father’s team. Ross aims to capture the visceral energy and danger in car racing.
Ross intends to next direct “The Free State of Jones,” a pic about rebellion set in Mississippi during the Civil War and Reconstruction.