Le Mans. Grand Prix. Senna. Even Days of Thunder. Legendary racing films all, but our list is preparing to grow by one more epic saga played out on the silver screen.

That project, as we reported last month, is set to focus on the battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt in the 1978 Formula 1 World Championship, wherein Lauda suffered a devastating fiery crash at the Nürburgring, coming back to challenge Hunt in one of the closest title fights in racing history. The screenplay's been titled Rush, and now it's got a director.

Paul Greengrass of Bourne trilogy fame was reportedly interested in taking on the project, but the latest reports indicate that Ron Howard will be picking up the bull horn instead. The child actor-turned-director has been responsible for such legendary films as Cocoon, Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon.

While Howard works on that project, Steven Spielberg and his Dreamworks production company are reportedly considering a second film that would focus in on the life of James Hunt, the unabashed embodiment of male bravado who fought Lauda for the title down to the wire.


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      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hunt's movie working title..."Sex - The Breakfast of Champions"
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just imagine the classic cars in this movie. The collectors of mid 70's F1 cars are going to make a fortune leasing these cars. The only bad thing is that the crashes and alot of the racing is going to be computer generated. That will be a shame.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will Geddy Lee write the sound track?
        EXP Jawa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        Seems more likely that it would be Neil Peart...
      brands
      • 3 Years Ago
      For ****'s sake Noah! Can you get through one blog post without making a glaring factual error? Niki Lauda's "devastating fiery crash at the Nürburgring" was 1976, not 1978, the same year that Hunt won the championship. I'm sorry for being a dick about it, but it just yanks my chain when simple facts are wrong. Once is a slip, but again and again!
        brands
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brands
        Apologies Noah, bad day at the office. Shouldn't have brought it here and gone off like that.
      Kaze9
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ron, seriously... put me in this movie. I'm the one you want for the part.
      Glynn Hadskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      1978 was the year Mario won the championship.
      StreetsideStig
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's awesome! Cinderella Man is my favorite non-car sports movie. Howard will nail this.
      Carl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lauda's accident and battle for the championship w/ Hunt was in 1976, not '78.
      Dynamho
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait.
      Morgan
      • 3 Years Ago
      the new biography of James Hunt, "shunt" is worth a read in advance of these movies.
      ablogreadr
      • 3 Years Ago
      they could have come up with a more original title too... rush was used in 1991 for an undercover drug cop film with jaosn patric and jennifer jason leigh
      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      Loved both racing films LeMans and Grand Prix....................Ron should make a outstanding film here for F1 racing genre........
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