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Bruce McLaren's Story Racing to the Big Screen

January 22, 2007, 6:48 am GMT

Oscar-winning producer Barrie Osborne will make a biopic of F1 legend Bruce McLaren with Matthew Grainger to write the screenplay.


Here's supposedly one perfect movie for F1 die-hard fans. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Oscar-winning producer of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy Barrie Osborne is developing a biopic of Bruce McLaren, one of the F1 racing car legends.

No words yet on either the helmer or the cast, but Osborne has already picked up Oscar-winner Dan Hennah as the film's production designer with motor sport enthusiast and veteran international broadcaster Michael Garlick co-producing.

Filming on the untitled project is expected to begin early next year in New Zealand, the U.K., Monaco, Germany, France and USA using some of McLaren's original cars under a $100 million budget.

McLaren, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, suffered a crippling joint problem in his childhood yet amazingly managed to win the 1959 United States Grand Prix at age 22, becoming the youngest ever GP winner up to that time. He died in a car accident at the Goodwood Circuit in 1970 after his car got destabilized due to the loss of aerodynamic downforce.

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