Ridley and Tony Scott set to co-produce new Le Mans TV series
Tony and Ridley Scott, the movie-making brothers responsible for some of Hollywood's most memorable films (including Top Gun and Gladiator), have announced their intention to co-produce a new big-budget TV series based on Le Mans racing during the fifties and sixties.
Anyone unfamiliar with the glittering history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans might assume the savvy Scotts are simply treading in the uber-cool footsteps of Mad Men, the hit TV show which tells the story of advertising execs during the same period. But in truth the decade's racing has enough glamour, valour and tragedy to fill ten DVD box sets.
The fifties and sixties were arguably the competition's heyday as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Ford emerged from the post war austerity to thrust a new generation of cars and drivers into the limelight.
The series, dubbed 'The Drivers', is set to be based on the book, Shelby: The Man, The Cars, The Legend by Wallace A.Wyss. That would suggest it will be centred on Carroll Shelby, the American race car driver and designer who left a large imprint on the age, but is also likely to encompass the full international cast of memorable characters who contested Le Mans during the same period.
"I grew up in the North of England at a time when Stirling Moss was a hero," Ridley Scott said in a statement. "Everyone wanted to be a racing driver. This is a hugely ambitious project and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the story of these iconic and legendary men who risked everything to win at Le Mans. It's an epic story of courage and ambition and a history of racing which has never been told on such a grand scale."