Mercedes AMG F1 being filmed by the Netflix production 'Drive to Survive'. German Grand Prix, Sunday 28th July 2019. Hockenheim, Germany.
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Netflix is working on a fictional crime film set in the world of Formula 1, which will feature the Hollywood legend Robert De Niro and Star Wars actor John Boyega. Dubbed The Formula, the film focuses on an American F1 driver who becomes involved with the mafia and is forced to serve as a getaway driver to save his family.

It is to be written, directed and produced by Gerard McMurray, whose notable work consists of Burning Sands and 2018’s The First Purge.

His recently formed Buppie Productions company says that it “develops and produces entertaining stories featuring black characters for a mainstream film and television audience.

“Our company is constantly reinventing itself while charting a path to influence popular culture, it adds. “We are the heroes and the villains, the good guys, bad guys, femme Fatales and girls next door.

As for other notable names, the producers include Berry Welsh and Jane Rosenthal, whose long list of credits includes Bohemian Rhapsody, About a Boy, Wag the Dog and the De Niro comedy Meet the Parents. The Formula is part of a larger deal that Welsh and Rosenthal have with Netflix.

McMurray gave an outline of the plot in an Instagram post on Monday. “Feels amazing to see this idea in my head finally come to life that I’m writing, directing, and producing,” he wrote.

“My new production company Buppie Productions is teaming up with Tribeca Films and Netflix to bring to you a dope original film coming soon called The Formula starring two of my favourite actors, John Boyega and Robert De Niro.

“It’s the story of a young man from Detroit who becomes an international racing star in the world of Formula 1 under the tutelage of his mentor with old mob ties.”

Are you excited about the Formula? Let us know if you would like to see more movies based on Formula One. 

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