Formula 1 documentary gets rework
Formula 1 is back in America this weekend with the first Austin Grand Prix, hopefully it's going to be an exciting race weekend for the U.S. fans and F1 is going to return to America for good. If that happens we're liable to get more exposure for the sport and perhaps more films for this sport is filled with amazing stories that would make fantastic films.
To mark the occasion a new documentary entitled 1 is being shown this weekend and while I thought it had just been a quiet release of the film it's actually an early showing and the film is getting something of a rework for the release.
First up is the narration of 1, a terrible title which frankly needs changing before being released, and the fact that they've announced a new name to narrate it, or perhaps re-narrate it, before the official release.
According to Variety Michael Fassbender is going to be the one to give it a new voice over for the official release and the debut of the film, which happened on Thursday night before the Austin Grand Prix race weekend began, was just there to sell the idea.
Paul Crowder directed the film with his long-term collaborator Mark Monroe having written it, a documentary that looks at some of the most dangerous and exciting times of Formula 1 and talks to some of the biggest names still around, drivers who somehow managed to make it through incredibly terrifying survival odds.
The documentary stars some amazing names and lists Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi, Martin Brundle and John Surtees as the drivers in the cast with Bernie Ecclestone, Herbie Blash, Max Mosley and Eddie Jordan as some of the people behind the scenes who will also feature.
Here's an official blurb for the film:
"1" is an action documentary that brings the glamour, speed, danger, and excitement of Formula One Grand Prix racing to the big screen. The film tells the story of the golden age of Formula 1, when the sport became terrifyingly dangerous and the drivers were like rock stars with charisma and raw talent, but with many of them paying the ultimate price. "1" follows the story of the drivers who raced on the edge and those who stood up to change the sport forever. It is about the greatest show on earth - Formula 1.
It sounds like it's focusing on a great time in the life of Formula 1, although even today there are great stories that could come from the sport that could make anything from excellent dramatic sports films to behind the scenes political thrillers, even a bold mixture of the two. There are so many untapped stories, I just hope that this documentary helps turn audiences and the talented eyes from Hollywood closer towards F1.