Howard talks Rush, filming F1 on track
I'm desperately clambering after news about the Formula 1 film that Ron Howard is currently working on, for not only is he a great director but I absolutely love the sport and it is filled with such great stories of racing, danger, politics and passion that if you haven't seen or read about them you just wouldn't believe, especially from the younger years of the sport, undoubtedly the most deadly.
The story that Howard is filming is one of the great battles between two legends of the sport, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, the story of their championship battle which saw Lauda escape death in a terrible accident and manage to fight back to continue the battle, despite horrific injuries and pain.
It's an unbelievable story and above all it shows the amazing drive, determination and self belief that these sportsmen have, and that's something that I'm excited about Ron Howard and Peter Morgan bringing out, the more human side.
However at the same time I'm curious as to how he's going to capture the essence of Formula 1 racing, for we've only seen it really captured well once before in John Frankenheimer's Grand Prix, a classic film for racing and film fans alike.
Ron Howard is directing a Peter Morgan scripted, another great aspect of this production, film called Rush. Daniel Brühl plays Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth is set to play James Hunt, yes I am a little disappointed about the choice of actor, but once I see him on screen in the role I believe I'll be captured by his portrayal of Hunt.
Recently Collider asked Ron Howard what he was going to do to bring Formula 1 to film, and his answer was cryptic as one of his Robert Langdon films.
"It operates on so many different levels that I really need to use the medium, in pre-production, production and post-production, to try to immerse the audiences in that world. It's such a fascinating, sexy, dangerous time. So, while Peter Morgan has written the script, and it's emotional, funny and character-driven, first and foremost, I think that the sense of the time, the place, the world, the speed and the danger of it, is all going to be made so much more possible, due to the range of options that technology is giving me, as a filmmaker.
It's also allowing me to make the movie for a much more reasonable price. It's not an inexpensive film, but for the scope and scale and what we're going to be able to present to audiences, I think we're doing it very, very efficiently. It's basically an independent film. In the places where we're really trying to capture the feeling of Grand Prix racing, I think we're going to get something really unique and cool, effective, honest and authentic out there."
Wow. I really don't know how he's going to get that old Formula 1 feel going. Well actually I think I might have answered one question right there, for I was going to mention what a closed and highly financially managed beast the sport is, and that getting into it for filming would cost a fortune.
However the fact that they're doing a story from 1976 helps them as they just need to get hold of historic cars, cars that are still being used in races to this day. I saw an historic Grand Prix race when I went to the rain drenched Canadian F1 GP last year, a cracking race which had a number of support events including classic F1 cars from many different years racing against each other.
I'm sure these would be easier to get hold of to use in a film, but he's not just saying that, he's talking about technology and post-production, which is worrying me just how much they might start relying on CG.
Well there's some good news courtesy of PistonSpy through Autoblog who reveal that that filming has been happening at the legendary Nürburgring and there are some excellent shots of F1 racing cars of the time heading out on the circuit, so that's fabulous news then, real cars really racing.
You can see how excellent they look over at the PistonSpy gallery where they have plenty of shots of the cars at the circuit. Meanwhile, here's an interesting and shocking news clip that shows you the horrific accident itself and reflects on the fact that just thirty nine days later he was back racing.
Surely now you're thinking that Rush could be something amazing, I know I am. I'm also hopeful it marks a move towards Formula 1 for films, as there are so many amazing stories there to be told.