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#1 DAT 3000

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:18

Columbia Pictures has acquired the screen rights to Michael Cannell’s upcoming book The Limit and set Tobey Maguire to produce and star in the film about rival Grand Prix drivers. Anthony Peckham will write the script.

Limit tells the story of real-life friends and rivals Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips, two Grand Prix drivers on the Ferrari team, who are pitted against each other during the 1961 Drivers Championship. Maguire is attached to play Hill.

Maguire and Jenno Topping will produce for Maguire Entertainment, and Cathy Schulman (The Illusionist) will produce for Mandalay Pictures, with Scarlett Lacey (Save the Last Dance) involved in a producing capacity as well.

Peckham, who previously scripted the Michael Douglas thriller Don’t Say a Word, has four big films on the horizon. He wrote the upcoming Clint Eastwood film The Human Factor, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, the Denzel Washington action flick The Book of Eli and The Tourist, which George Clooney is attached to star in.

The Limit will be published this fall by the Hachette Publishing division Twelve.


source: http://themovingpict...ar-in-the-limit


could be interesting

ugh, edit: 'star as' in the title of thread.

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#2 Buford

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:27

10 to 1 they both will be having sex with the same woman.

#3 jcbc3

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:30

I'm glad you limited your comment to your own field of expertise......

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#4 Buford

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:33

You mean having watched every racing movie ever made? That is always the plot.

#5 RA Historian

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 16:06

The mind shudders at the prospect of this movie. We all know how WE would want it to be, but I fear that the odds of Hollywood doing it right are virtually nil. The prospect of the great, wonderful, and gentle Phil Hill being depicted as anything other that as he actually was is distressing. We can hope for the best, but fear for the worst. :(

"Tell me, Peter, do you get tired?" :lol: And that is from one of the better racing movies. As I said, the mind shudders.

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 16:38

Originally posted by RA Historian

"Tell me, Peter, do you get tired?" :lol: And that is from one of the better racing movies. As I said, the mind shudders.

Tom


Butchered quotes make me shudder. The line is ....."Pete, do you ever get tired, of the driving?"

.....and the quote in your tagline is wrong as well. Delaney says "When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting. "

#7 David Birchall

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 17:20

Geez, get out of the wrong side of the bed this morning Gerry? :rolleyes:

#8 Andretti Fan

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 17:21

This is sooo not gonna be a good idea. The true story of Hill and von Trips as teammates and rivals is interesting, dramatic, tragic.....but you know Hollywierd will take it and turn it around until it's so far from the truth it'll be unrecognizable. And yeah.... they'll have both drivers in love with the same woman. Imagine how Hill's family is gonna feel about that.

#9 RA Historian

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 18:11

Originally posted by Gerr


Butchered quotes make me shudder. The line is ....."Pete, do you ever get tired, of the driving?"

.....and the quote in your tagline is wrong as well. Delaney says "When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting. "

Well!

To quote Steve Martin, or do I have this wrong as well, "Excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse Me!"

#10 Buford

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 18:42

Also the story is perfect for the screaming hysterical woman running across the track or being restrained at the ambulance scene.

#11 Phil Rainford

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 18:46

Originally posted by Buford
10 to 1 they both will be having sex with the same woman.



I am looking forward to 12.50am ;)


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#12 Keir

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 20:40

..... of course, the line in LeMans is borrowed from real life high wire artist, Karl Wallenda, who is quoted; "Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting."

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 20:51

They have to build quite a few new sharknose replicas for this line-up.....
http://www.forix.com...07&c=49&p=0&o=1
http://www.forix.com...&r=19610007&c=3

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 22:01

Originally posted by Keir
..... of course, the line in LeMans is borrowed from real life high wire artist, Karl Wallenda, who is quoted; "Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting."


I thought it was Nuvolari who said it. There you go.

Every time someone announces a new motor racing movie, I have hope. Then it's dashed. Except by "Cars". But I'm not giving up yet.

They might do better to make "Toly's Ghost" and have Phil as a minor character. That way, fewer toes might be trodden-upon.

Toby Maguire as Cal Carrington and somebody suitably Germanic and suave as Toly. Arnold Schwartzenegger? At least they were both in love with Gina La Scala. And you'd get the Scarab story in there as well, to an extent.




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#15 Jack-the-Lad

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 22:20

This just cannot be good....For decades Phil Hill was ignored by the news/entertainment cabal. Now that he's gone they want to make a (sure to be) cheesey movie about him. I have NO confidence that Hollyweird is capable of making a movie worthy of these two men. A well produced documenatry would have been far preferable.

Jack :mad:

#16 Andretti Fan

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 16:59

Out of curiousity, which F1 drivers stories do you think would translate well to the big screen?

A few I can think of........

David Purley

James Hunt

Gilles Villenuve

Gunnar Nilsson

Marquis de Portago

Peter Collins


Any others?

#17 Keir

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 17:07

Mario Andretti
Chris Amon
Francois Cevert
Peter Revson
Mike Hailwood
Roger Penske

#18 byrkus

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 17:10

Originally posted by Andretti Fan
Out of curiousity, which F1 drivers stories do you think would translate well to the big screen?


Alex Zanardi.

#19 SEdward

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 17:19

I have always thought that the last few months of Didier Pironi's career were more dramatic than anything Hollywood could come up with.

Edward

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#20 Phil Rainford

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 18:07

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Andretti Fan
[B]Out of curiousity, which F1 drivers stories do you think would translate well to the big screen?

A few I can think of........



James Hunt

Not a chance......it would never be passed by the sensors ;)

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#21 Doug Nye

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 19:00

Stereotypes - Phil with the American crew-cut military-style academy education - 'Taffy' the Hitler Youth mit der 'von'... Mr Ferrari refusing to name a number one driver between them - many spectators dead - Hollywood drooling. Uh-huh... Or is this merely stereotyping the movie maker? On past evidence one must fear the worst.

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#22 Tim Murray

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 19:15

Originally posted by Andretti Fan
Out of curiousity, which F1 drivers stories do you think would translate well to the big screen?

Gilles Villenuve

I wonder who they would get to play Buford in this scene:

Originally posted by Buford
Before Gilles got picked up by Canadian Tire he used to drag his piece of crap Formula Atlantic around behind a beat up pickup on an open trailer. He had no crew and was by himself. Sometimes we ran the same races. He was a rookie and I had more experience. I recall he joined us one night at Road America by our campfire and I fed him my hot dogs. So you see I am a nice guy. I had several people as crew and we had several girls. He was alone. I was running a Penske operation compared to him.



#23 dank

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 20:44

So Seabiscuit but with cars eh? :lol:

#24 JacnGille

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 23:00

Originally posted by Tim Murray
I wonder who they would get to play Buford in this scene:


Dennis Quaid?????????? :cool:

#25 tomkatf

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 23:34

Originally posted by Buford
10 to 1 they both will be having sex with the same woman.


... or worse... :rolleyes:

Best,
Tom

#26 Buford

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 02:06

Originally posted by JacnGille


Dennis Quaid?????????? :cool:


Pee Wee Herman

#27 dretceterini

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 02:55

The Real Mille Miglia clips in "The Racers" were good .... :rolleyes:

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 02:55

Originally posted by tomkatf


... or worse... :rolleyes:

Best,
Tom


It's not nice to talk about Max like that :eek:

#29 Spitfire

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:32

You guys. . . so many negative waves! Let's try to be a little positive. Here's a few reasons this may be a good thing.

Last count, the Grand Prix Out takes thread is up to 25 pages. Clearly, new material is needed.

New Dino 156s will need to be built. A whole bunch of grid filling cars will need to be purchased. There's another 10 pages of rivet / spoke / exhaust pipe counting right there.

In order to achieve maximum accuracy, demand for Grand Prix historians will hit an all-time high. Time to get the CVs ready for mailing boys.

I will concede there is one major downside. Given the current trend of Hollywood marketing types to want to build buzz for films through niche internet forums, expect an infiltration of over-enthusiastic Americans gushing how wonderful The Limit is going to be. :drunk: :stoned:

#30 ghinzani

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:59

Originally posted by Andretti Fan
Out of curiousity, which F1 drivers stories do you think would translate well to the big screen?



Any others?




Giovanni Lavaggi.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 07:04

I wouldn't mind building the cars!!!!!

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:33

http://www.digitalsp...-f1-biopic.html

Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire has signed up for F1 biopic The Limit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie is based on Michael Cannell's new book Limit, which tells the story of real-life friends and racing rivals Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips.

The pair were pitted against each other in 1961, when they both drove for the Ferrari team. Maguire will play the role of Hill.

Maguire is also producing the project for Columbia alongside Jenno Topping and Cathy Schulman.

Tony Peckham, who wrote Clint Eastwood's upcoming feature The Human Factor and Guy Ritchie's new Sherlock Holmes, has been tapped to pen the script.



#33 Alan Cox

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:39

Can this be merged please - and the heading should read Phil Hill
http://forums.autosp...threadid=107272

#34 john winfield

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:41

Damon Hill? Jimmy Hill? Vince Hill? Any more offers please?

#35 Tim Murray

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:49

And (following on from Buford's post in the other thread) will they all be having sex with the same woman?

#36 john winfield

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:55

I think they will Tim. Probably with Fanny Hill.

#37 Tim Murray

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:56

:rotfl:

#38 Hugo Boecker

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:19

Originally posted by john winfield
Damon Hill? Jimmy Hill? Vince Hill? Any more offers please?

Benny Hill

#39 Stephen W

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:29

Originally posted by john winfield
Damon Hill? Jimmy Hill? Vince Hill? Any more offers please?


Freddie Hill - Bolton Wanderers fottballer from the late 60s.

:wave:

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#40 paulhooft

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:35

Who's playing Stirling Moss? :rotfl:

#41 simonlewisbooks

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:42

Originally posted by john winfield
Damon Hill? Jimmy Hill? Vince Hill? Any more offers please?


Mick Hill ? And of course his arch rival Gerry Von Marshall ..... :stoned:

#42 ensign14

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:05

Originally posted by Andretti Fan
Out of curiousity, which F1 drivers stories do you think would translate well to the big screen?

The two best fall outside F1. Achille Varzi and Ed Elisian.

Within F1...Graham Hill. No-hoper given no chance, heartbreaking retirement just when it looks like he's going to win his first GP, a title at the last gasp, denied another at an even laster gasp, rescues a team from its uppers and takes a second title, nearly dies, wins Le Mans when everyone's written him off, then...the sequel with Damon.

#43 David McKinney

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:26

Richmond Hill

#44 Vitesse2

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:00

Originally posted by David McKinney
Richmond Hill

... and his sister Primrose.;)

#45 subh

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:03

Tommy Hill? Recent British Superbike race winner.

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#46 Rob

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:14

The story of Grover-Williams, Benoist and Wimille would make a fantastic film.

#47 f1steveuk

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:59

Originally posted by john winfield
Damon Hill? Jimmy Hill? Vince Hill? Any more offers please?


That Swedish guy Ove de Hill

#48 Vitesse2

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 13:09

Or that well-known UN peacekeeper ..... Blue Beret Hill :p

#49 SEdward

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 13:25

Were Phil Hill and Taffy "good friends" or just contemporaries? I have a pictorial biography of Taffy in German, and Phil Hill is not exactly prominent.

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#50 Doug Nye

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 14:38

They got on pretty well - as well as most Formula 1 team-mates from entirely different cultures ever would have. I think in his heart Phil felt he could handle Trips. I suspect in his heart Trips felt he could handle Phil. That's how racing drivers tick.

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