Deadline reports that Bale has exited the movie, citing health concerns over the weight gain he needed to achieve to play the role. The actor has slimmed down, bulked up, and pudged out for roles over the years, but I’d imagine you can only do that so many times before your body starts to revolt. Based on Brock Yatesâ€™s book, â€śEnzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races,â€ť with a script by Troy Kennedy Martin (The Italian Job) and David Rayfield (Out of Africa), the film tells story of the founder of one of the world’s most infamous car franchises. Last fall, Noomi Rapace signed on for the movie as well, but there’s no word if she’s still involved. The aim is get the movie made on schedule, and the hunt is on for a new A-list actor to take the lead role. Paramount is set to distribute.
Great news, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Paramount Pictures has picked up distribution rights to Michael Mannâ€™s long-in-the-works Ferrari project, titled Enzo Ferrari. At the same time, Noomi Rapace is in talks to star opposite Christian Bale, who will play Enzo Ferrari, the Italian auto mogul. The long-gestating project finally got traction when it secured funding from Vendian and YooZoo Bliss Film Fund. YooZoo will distribute the movie in China, while Vincent Maravalâ€™s Insiders will begin selling territories at AFM. The project adapts the 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine, written by Brock Yates. The book recounted Ferrariâ€™s ascent â€” working for Alfa Romeo, first as a racer and then as a developer, founding his own company in 1947, racing victories in the ’50s and ’60s, letting Fiat slowly take control of the company. But it also showed Ferrari’s tyrannical and manipulative nature, how he pushed drivers to the breaking point (and even death), his hatred of his lifelong marriage and his many affairs. If a deal is made, Rapace would play Ferrariâ€™s wife, Laura Dominica. The project is eyeing an $80 million budget, although Mann has a tendency to skid his numbers higher when actual shooting starts.