Stallone film switches from F1 to CART

Sylvester Stallone's much touted racing film is going ahead in conjunction with the CART Champ Car series as its backdrop.

Stallone film switches from F1 to CART

Stallone, who has spent more than two years visiting Grands Prix for research, made the announcement at CART's pre season testing at Homestead.

"I apologise to fans of Formula 1," said the former Rocky actor, "but there is a certain individual there who runs the sport that has his own agenda.

"F1 is very formal, and it's very hard to get to know people. Here in CART it is much more open and that will be reflected in the film.

"It is extremely important to me that we create a film that accurately depicts the true sense of CART -- the emotion, excitement, speed, technology and glamour that is Champ Car racing."

Provisionally titled "Champs", the movie has a budget of $70m, and will begin filming in June for an expected release in June 2001.

Stallone himself will play a retired former winner who is brought back to racing to give moral support to a team's wonder kid who has "gone off the rails".

No other names have been lined up yet, although Stallone said that the star would be, "a young Brad Pitt, 22-23 years old... Sorry Brad!"

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