This is the third film about Italy’s glorious auto-racing heritage produced by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi.
Oscar winner writer and director Bobby Moresco (Crash) is set to direct the third movie about Italy’s glorious auto-racing heritage produced by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s ILBE Group, which already delivered Bobby Moresco’s Lamborghini: The Man Behind the Legend (2022) and Micheal Mann’s Ferrari screened last week at the Venice Film Festival, with Adam Driver in the leading role of Enzo Ferrari.
Ferrari vs. Mercedes is described as a journey when Mercedes dominated the motor racing world unchallenged. “Against this backdrop of powerful cars and aggressive drivers, Enzo Ferrari emerges, a young novice driver with an obsessive passion for engines and speed, whose only desire is to beat Mercedes’ formidable rivals,” the project’s synopsis explains. “With Ferrari vs. Mercedes, we will be proud to bring to movie theatres an Italian success story that, starting purely with ambition, has achieved glory all over the world,” said Andrea Iervolino, CEO of Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment. “One of the most exciting aspects of Ferrari vs. Mercedes will be the possibility of uniting top Italian talents with great international actors,” a reference Iervolino made to Pierfrancesco Favino’s remarks about the “cultural appropriation” inherent in the fact that in Michael Mann’s movie, Enzo Ferrari’s role should have gone to an Italian actor. “We would be thrilled to collaborate, in this new production of ours, with top Italian actors capable of working alongside international stars in a film that has the potential to be seen worldwide,” said the producer. No names are attached to the project’s cast yet.
Iervolino and Bacardi announced last March they are also developing a Maserati biopic about the family behind the high-performance automobiles that, along with Ferrari and Lamborghini, Italy is widely recognized and valued for.