Michael Mann Directing Enzo Ferrari Biopic with Christian Bale & Noomi Rapace

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This one’s been circling a start for a while now, but it looks like it’s finally going ahead.

THR is reporting that Paramount Pictures has acquired the distribution rights to Enzo Ferrari, a biopic to be directed by Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, Collateral).

Christian Bale is set to play the titular auto mogul, with Noomi Rapace reportedly entering talks to play Ferrari’s wife, Laura Dominica.

The film is to be an adaptation of Brock Yates’ 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine, which told of Ferrari’s rise to the top of the auto industry.

First working for Alfa Romeo as a racer, then as a developer, Ferrari founded his own company in 1947 and was wildly successful. Despite the career highs, Ferrari was considered by many to be tyrannical and manipulative, pushing his drivers too far and hating his marriage to Dominica. He died in 1988 at the age of 90.

As of now, Enzo Ferrari has an estimated budget of $80 million, although Mann’s films usually begin shooting with higher-than-intended price tags.

We’ll keep you informed as to how this one develops.