A fictional crime film in the world of Formula 1, starring Hollywood legend Robert De Niro and Star Wars actor John Boyega, will be shown on Netflix.
To be called The formula, the film is about an American Formula 1 driver who gets involved with the mob and is forced to serve as an escape driver to save his family.
It should be written, directed and produced by Gerard McMurry, whose previous work includes Burning sands, a Netflix production that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival 2017 and 2018 The first purge.
His newly formed company, Buppie Productions, says it “develops and produces funny stories featuring black characters for the main film and television audience.”
It adds: “Our company is constantly rediscovering itself as it paves the way for influencing popular culture.
“We are the heroes and the villains, the good boys, the bad, the fatal women and the girls next door.”
Other producers include De Niro and his close associates Berry Welsh – who was behind Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed Netflix film. The Irishman – and Jane Rosenthal, whose long list of credits includes Bohemian rhapsody,, For a boy,, Wave the dog and the comedy De Niro Meet the parents and its sequels.
The formula is part of a broader deal that Welsh and Rosenthal have with Netflix.
So far, few details have been posted, but McMurray outlined the story in an Instagram post on Monday.
“I feel amazing to see this idea in my head finally come to life, which I write, direct and produce,” he wrote.
“My new production company Buppie Productions is teaming up with Tribeca Films and Netflix to present you an original drug film that will soon be called The formula starring two of my favorite actors, John Boyega and Robert De Niro.
“This is the story of a young man from Detroit who becomes an international racing star in the world of Formula 1 under the guidance of his mentor with old mafia connections.”
Boyega shot himself for glory Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, reiterating his role as Finn in The last Jedi and The rise of Skywalker.
The film should be the first Hollywood production based on contemporary Grand Prix competitions since Bobby Deerfield, in which Al Pacino participates and includes footage taken during the 1976 season.