Noted movie director Ron Howard recently spoke to Car magazine about the filming of his latest Hollywood project Rush, which focuses on the 1976 Formula One World Championship battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
It’s sure to be an epic movie, not in the least because it will bring Lauda’s horrific accident at the Nürburgring to the silver screen.
Here’s a little of what Howard had to say (follow the source link for more):
“We’ve got guys like Alastair Cauldwell [James Hunt’s chief engineer] helping out and we’re asking them to flag up inaccuracies. But it’s not a literal story, we’re not making a documentary. It takes inspiration from the rivalry. It gives a broad overview of racing in the ’70s, but it’s more than a racing movie.
“It’s a challenge to shoot race scenes but that’s the ying and yang—the attraction and the headache. We’ll be using every contemporary cinematic tool at our disposal to make the audience think they’re actually there. But we’re doing more in the camera—even the SFX people want as much analogue source material to work with as possible.”
We hold high hopes for this movie and hope it will deliver on the promise shown to date. It’s not due for release until next year, though, as filming will continue through the European summer. So we’ll have a while to wait.