Barrie Osborne, Oscar-winning producer of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is preparing a biopic of Formula One racing car legend Bruce McLaren, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The $100 million project, to be announced Saturday at an A1 Grand Prix car race in Taupo, New Zealand, is expected to start shooting early next year.
Wellington screenwriter Matthew Grainger (The Ferryman) is developing the script and Oscar-winner Dan Hennah (“The Lord of the Rings”) will serve as production designer.
McLaren overcame a crippling joint problem in childhood to become, at age 22, the youngest winner of a Formula One race, the United States Grand Prix. He died in a car accident only 10 years later, in 1970, amid a record-breaking winning streak for Team McLaren.
The film will use some of McLaren’s original cars and be shot in New Zealand, the U.K., Monaco, Germany, France and the U.S