Mann has been working to help get this made for nearly 15 years, and at one point was setting it up for the late Sydney Pollack (The Interpreter). Now, he is firmly in the director's chair for the story of the man who redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and was partly responsible for kick-starting Formula 1 racing. Mann has taken two existing treatments, one by Troy Kennedy Martin (The Italian Job) and another from David Rayfield (Out Of Africa) and combined them into one script. Everything is based on Brock Yates' 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races.
Bale will play Ferrari, the charismatic, driven (pun entirely and unapologetically intended) Italian car mogul who began his career working for Alfa Romeo as a racer, left to launch his own company in 1947, building the Ferrari name into a force to be reckoned with in the 1950s and 60s and eventually letting Fiat take control of the car business. If Rapace does sign on to co-star, she will play Laura Dominica, his long-suffering wife, who watched him become a tyrant in the boardroom and an abject cheat in his marriage.
With key elements either in place or getting there, Mann will be hoping he can finally start shooting soon. Rapace, meanwhile, will be seen in action thriller Unlocked and science fiction outings Rupture and What Happened To Monday?, the latter of which is shooting now. She is also set to return as Elizabeth Shaw for Ridley Scott's Prometheus (2012) sequel Alien: Paradise Lost.