James Mangold: The Real Risk in ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Is Making a $100M Race-Car Movie for Adults

James Mangold: The Real Risk in ‘Ford v Ferrari’ Is Making a $100M Race-Car Movie for Adults
Writer-director James Mangold plays the Hollywood studio game well enough to build allies who believe in him. While at Fox, studio chief Emma Watts backed X-Men installments “Wolverine” and “Logan” and Oscar-winner “Walk the Line.” That made greenlighting $100-million sports saga “Ford v Ferrari” less of a risk, but it’s the kind of movie that studios don’t care to bank these days. The true story behind the legendary 1966 Le Mans race floundered in development for decades before Mangold started chasing it in 2011. (Fox handed him “Wolverine” instead.) When Michael Mann and Joseph Kosinski’s versions fell apart, Mangold was ready to pounce.

He pushed the movie forward thanks to Oscar-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale, who were lured by the strong script (by “Edge of Tomorrow” writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and “Machine Gun Preacher” writer Jason Keller).

The end result passed muster with new Fox owner Disney,
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