Ron Howard Has A Rush
US Release Date: 9/30/13
The relationship between Hunt and Lauda, which unfolded during the 1976 Formula One season, has been documented as one of the biggest rivalries in the history of sports. It also captured the attention of British screenwriter Peter Morgan who believed the many battles that accompanied the Hunt – Lauda spat was ripe for filmmaking.
Morgan, who grew up in England, knew all about James Hunt, but he never learned Lauder’s side of the story. That changed, however, when Lauder agreed to provide Morgan, the scribe on The Last King of Scotland and Frost/Nixon, with crucial information about the relationship between the two racers.
“We had a lot of discussions about the Hollywood movie and the reality,” says Lauda. “I always brought him back to reality. They were very interesting discussions.”
When he received the final script, filmmaker Ron Howard, director of Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind, Angels and Demons and Apollo 13, was hooked. For the filmmaker, the mix of rich characters and dramatic rivalry equalled great screen drama.
“What Peter is great at is looking at characters,” says the director. “When he deals with true stories, he’s fantastic at discerning what it is that makes them tick, what is that thing that gets under their skin in positive or negative ways and how to build scenes around that.”
Perceiving the ‘70s as a “very sexy and fascinating time in global history and popular culture,” the director says today’s technology has allowed him to create something that he believes is ripe and fresh for audiences.
“It was the tail end of the sexual revolution,” says Howard, “when there was nothing to fear and everything to celebrate. It was a time when sex was safe and driving was dangerous.”
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara and Pierfrancesco Favino
Producers: Andrew Eaton, Eric Fellner, Brian Oliver, Peter Morgan, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
Source: Universal Pictures
Image Info: (L) to (R) Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda. Copyright Universal Pictures 2013. All Rights Reserved.