Apple TV+ reportedly signs Brad Pitt's new F1 racing movie ahead of Netflix and others

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What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ has reportedly signed a new movie that will star Brad Pitt and be directed by Joseph Kosinski.
  • Set to be based on F1 racing, British racer Lewis Hamilton is reportedly already on board.
  • No schedule or name has been given to the project.

Streaming service Apple TV+ has reportedly beaten out competition from the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Sony, and more to pick up a new Brad Pitt movie all about Formula One racing. The movie already has British F1 star Lewis Hamilton involved, according to the report.

Set to involve Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Deadline reports that the movie will see Pitt star as a driver who takes a younger racer under his wing.

Apple is in exclusive negotiations and will close the first big film package of the new year. That's the highly competitive race to acquire an untitled pitch package that will have Brad Pitt playing a racer who comes out of retirement to mentor a younger driver and take his final stab at glory on the track as the younger driver's teammate.

The same report notes that while Formula One hasn't officially been involved as yet, Hamilton already is. Sources have also told Deadline that "the package was in the $130 million-$140 million range, before above-the-line compensation." That's thought to be in line with similar deals that were signed last year as a way for Apple TV+ and other streamers to get content into their services without having to get all of the moving parts in place themselves.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.