Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First Authorized Film Biography Of Ayrton Senna Due Out Soon

Ayrton Senna as he collects his thoughts before the start of the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1, 1994. Image Credit:

First Authorized Film Biography Of Ayrton Senna Due Out Soon

The first authorized film biography of Ayrton Senna due out soon and a trailer, with mixed Japanese subtitles and narration has been leaked on YouTube.

The movie is set for release some time before the end of 2010. It is rumored it will include unseen footage of the racing driver who many feel is the greatest of all time. It will chronicle the three-time Formula 1 champion's career from his start in Grand Prix racing with the Toleman team in 1984 at his home race in Brazil, through his death while leading the San Marino Grand Prix at the Imola circuit in Italy in 1994.

British filmmaker Asif Kapadia is directing the project. His credits include The Warrior, which won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for Best British Film in 2001.

Senna is considered by many to be the best driver in Formula One history. The Brazilian won three world championships and was known for his daring and flashy driving style. “I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky,” Senna famously said. “Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s.”

Senna died in 1994 in an accident at the San Marino Grand Prix, while he was still in the prime of his career. And in the end, it was not a daring passing maneuver that claimed his life, but his car simply (and unexpectedly) went off course at a high-speed corner and hit a concrete wall. The cause of the crash has been fraught with controversy (whether it was equipment failure or human error) and in 2004, National Geographic reconstructed the events that led to the fatal crash as part of its “Seismic Seconds” television series.

The movie has been fully sanctioned by both Senna's family and Bernie Ecclestone, produced by Working Title Films (the company behind the movies “Fargo” and “Notting Hill”) and is said to be set for a worldwide theatrical release with distribution by Universal Pictures.

... notes from The EDJE

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