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Truly great racing films are few and far between. Steve McQueen was responsible for more than his fair share, Grand Prix has its charm, and we're sure there'll be plenty more classics mentioned in our comments section below. But the pantheon of motorsport pictures is set to grow over the course of the next couple of years. First came word that Tobey McGuire signed on to play (and produce) the late, great Phil Hill in The Limit. Now reports emerge of another potentially great film to put the "motion" into motion pictures.

Although details are few and far between at this stage, the as-yet-untitled documentary on the life of Ayrton Senna is scheduled for release some time next year. The film is being orchestrated by British director Asif Kapadia, produced by Working Title Films (the studio behind such contemporary hits as Smokin' Aces and Frost/Nixon as well as several of the Coen brothers' films) and benefits from the full cooperation of the Senna family and the Ayrton Senna Institute. Before you go scratching your head raw trying to figure out who will play the gone-but-not-forgotten three-time world champion F1 driver, we'll point out that the film will be constructed from original footage, including some never-before-seen reels of the champion.

[Source: NYTimes Wheels | Image: Pascal Rondeau/Getty]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The greatest driver to ever plant his ass in a racing seat... we still miss you, Ayrton Senna da Silva. This should be good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please be a quality film, please! This my all time favorite driver. I worked the victory circle for the Detroit GP the year he won the race ('88 or '89). I have a photo of him standing behind me spraying champagne. Has it been 15 years since he died already!?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great racing films,


      Wait what?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This one is dropping soon:


      Should be pretty good
      • 6 Years Ago
      For non-motorsports specific movies with great car stuff, Ronin tops my list. One of my favorite movies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looking forward to this. Senna is my all-time favorite driver, with Mario of course.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please don't make this into a movie like Driven with Sylvester Stallone...

      Mark Neale (The director from the MotoGP documentries) should be someone else on this project.

      If you haven't seen the following three documentries you need to check them out. Even if you are not a fan of MotoGP.

      Faster and Faster
      The Doctor, The Tornado, and the Kentucky Kid.