The news comes in the wake of the studio halting production on the Patty Hearst biopic that Mangold was attached to direct. The Logan director is also set to direct The Force for 20th Century Fox which has a release date of March 1, 2019. No word on whether the Ford vs. Ferrari pic or The Force, the David Mamet scripted take on Don Winslow’s crime thriller, is Mangold’s next feature.

Fox previously had rights to the A.J. Baime book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, And Their Battle for Speed And Glory At Le Mans. Those rights have since moved to Legendary, who is developing the book into a TV series. This film would be a new take on the true story, developed by Mangold.

Based on a true story, Untitled Ford vs. Ferrari will follow an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new race car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.

Chernin Entertainment is producing the untitled Ford vs. Ferrari pic. Mangold is developing along with screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. No cast announcements at this time. Variety originally broke the news on the project.

I do wonder how this will effect him doing The Force, a thriller about a corrupt cop being pursed by the feds as the rest of NYC is on the brink of breaking down. Don Winslow seems to be fairly popular with Hollywood as of late, as another one of his works also being turned into a film by Fox called The Cartel (in which that project is to be directed by Ridley Scott).

Mangold also recently spoke about his displeasure about post credit scenes at a talk with the WGA (Writers Guild Association) panel. In his words:

The idea of making a movie that would fucking embarrass me, that’s part of the anesthetizing of this country or the world. That’s further confirming what they already know and tying in with other fucking products and selling them the next movie while you’re making this movie, and kind of all that shit that I find really fucking embarrassing. Like, that audiences are actually asking for scenes in end credits when those scenes were first developed for movies that suck, so they put something extra at the end to pick up the scores when the movie couldn’t end right on its own fucking feet.

Now we’ve actually gotten audiences addicted to a fucking bonus in the credits. It’s fucking embarrassing. It means you couldn’t land your fucking movie is what it means. Even if you got 100,000 Twitter addicts who are gambling on what fucking scene is going to happen after the fucking credits it’s still cheating. It’s just cheating, but there’s all sorts of bad habits like that that fucking horrify me, man, that have become de rigueur in the way we make movies and I think the fear of being one of them that did that end then everyone’s patting me on the back and I feel like shit inside because I know I cheated, is probably the greatest thing that scares the shit out of me.

He also went to Twitter to clairify his remarks in a much less profane manner (you can flick on the post to read more) :