HOLLYWOOD – Critics are already hailing Ron Howard‘s new F1 film, Rush, as a triumph, even though it doesn’t open for another couple of weeks in the UK and at the end of the month in the US.

The movie tells the dramatic true story of the 1976 Formula One title battle between bitter rivals James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl).

Universal Pictures, buoyed by the critical reception, are so confident of the film’s success that they have already ‘rushed’ to sign Ron Howard to direct movies based on every Formula One season since, from 1977 to 2012; a potential 36 films!

An exhausted but elated Howard said, “Well, I guess there are some exciting stories to tell within those 36 seasons. Some of them were a little boring in places but I’m sure we can make them thrilling through the magic of cinema!”

When asked how long it would take to shoot and edit all these films, Howard answered, “Not as long as you’d think! Many of the same drivers competed in many consecutive seasons, in the same cars with the same teams, so ideally we can shoot many of them back-to-back. I reckon I can make about three of these films a year. I’m 59 now so at that rate I’ll be 71 by the time I’m done with these movies! It’s going to keep me pretty busy, that’s for sure!”

If Howard’s 36 films are a success then Universal may turn their attention to the many F1 seasons that preceded 1976, dating all the way back to 1950. If all these projects go ahead, it would mean that Howard has been signed for a staggering total 63 films!

James Cameron is the only other Hollywood directer committed to so many future projects, beating Ron Howard’s potential total with his impressive slate of 123 planned Avatar sequels.

Rush (1-36) will be released over the next few years. 

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