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Brad Pitt F1 movie in jeopardy as all original footage scrapped

Seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton has been hired as executive producer of the upcoming film

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An upcoming Formula 1-inspired movie starring Brad Pitt has suffered a huge blow as almost all existing footage can no longer be used.

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Brad Pitt takes on the lead role for the unnamed F1 movie to be released on Apple TV (Image Credit: PA Images via Getty Images)

The vast majority of shots must be scrapped and reshot following a change in sponsorship.

As a junior executive of the as-yet unnamed film explained on Business F1 Magazine: “The sponsorships have all changed, we can no longer use a large amount of the scenes we have shot.”

This sudden change in circumstances will likely incur a significant financial cost as well. Notwithstanding the increase in work hours that will have to be paid out, it is believed producers spent over $20 million building a full grid of replica F1 cars. It is unsure whether or not these assets can still be used with the change in sponsorship.

F1 have since responded to the above reports, claiming that the film is still scheduled for a 2025 release.

Should the film release go ahead on Apple TV, there are high hopes that it will draw an even greater fanbase to the ever-growing sport of F1.

Lewis Hamilton is the executive producer of the movie, and has played a part in directing numerous scenes. The Mercedes driver hopes that it will surpass the impact of Netflix’s Drive to Survive in bringing F1 to a wider audience.

He said: “I don’t know if this would have been possible 10-plus years ago when the old management was in place. They wouldn’t have perhaps seen this as an important step in terms of the sport’s growth.”

“But we’ve already seen the great work and impact of the Netflix show, and I think this will take it to new heights beyond that.”

Movie stars at the British Grand Prix

Film crews were present at the 2023 British Grand Prix, shooting several scenes both on track and in the paddock over the course of the weekend.

Celebrity actor Brad Pitt drove a modified Formula 2 car between free practice sessions to avoid interfering with the real competition taking place.

The 59-year-old was full of excitement as he headed out on circuit. He stated: “It’s great to be here… we’re just having such a laugh, time of my life.”

However, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali admitted that all the extra filming would cause added disruption to drivers and teams trying to extract maximum performance out of themselves.

He added: “It will be quite invasive in terms of production. It’s something that we need to control in a way, but it will be another way of showing that F1 never stops.”

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