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Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski promises similar action thrills in 'Formula One', his next with Brad Pitt

Based on Ehren Kruger's script, the film focuses on Pitt’s character stepping out of retirement to mentor a rookie

  • Swaroop Kodur

Last Updated: 06.32 PM, Jun 19, 2022

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Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski promises similar action thrills in 'Formula One', his next with Brad Pitt
Joseph Kosinski slated to direct Brad Pitt in the upcoming racing movie

The stellar success of Top Gun: Maverick has beckoned the old-school charm of moviegoing for fans across the world. Just when it seemed that computer-generated imagery has fully taken over in the case of action and similar eventful sequences, director Joseph Kosinski and Co. rekindled the faith among the audiences for authenticity and a sense of realness in films. The “in-camera action” in Top Gun: Maverick is the perfect enunciation of this concept wherein the viewers were given an almost first-hand experience during those flight sequences.

And the buck doesn’t stop here for Kosinski who, buoyed by the tremendous response to Top Gun: Maverick is ramping it up for his next racing movie with Brad Pitt. Currently titled Formula One (subject to change), the film focuses on Pitt’s character stepping out of retirement to mentor a rookie, and the narrative is bound to feature many gripping race sequences. The new challenge again, for director Joseph Kosinski, stems from rendering those moments authentically by shooting real cars in live races and lending the audience a feeling of being behind the wheel racing at 200mph. The key to this would seem the in-camera technique which has particularly blown away the younger members of the global audience.

"It's almost funny to me to see people who are so enamored with real photography. Younger people haven't seen a lot of it. They're so used to CGI (computer-generated images) being a tool of big movies that when you shoot something for real, it feels innovative. That's exactly the approach for "Formula One"... to shoot at the real races and real cars and capture it. It's going to be a huge challenge but an exciting one for me," said Joseph Kosinski in an interview with The Wrap.

Formula One has been written by the Maverick writer Ehren Kruger with F1 champion racer Lewis Hamilton stepping in as the co-producer. Jerry Bruckheimer and Brad Pitt’s Plan B will also be handling the production duties. Joseph Kosinski's latest directorial Spiderhead, starring Miles Teller and Chris Hemsworth is currently streaming on Netflix.

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