Are you surprised that a feature film hasn’t been made about John Delorean?
It’s the question posed in the trailer for the upcoming documentary/film hybrid Framing John Delorean. The documentary is unique in that it blends documentary footage and interviews with a feature film style of narrative- filling in gaps and recreations with noted actors ‘Angry’ Alec Baldwin (as John Delorean) and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Homeland) as his wife Cristina Ferrare.
The life of John Delorean is a fascinating one. Amidst the millions, the drugs, the pre-Elon Musk Elon Muskness, is that car. And while he spent years working through the ranks at General Motors across their wide range of brands, he will forever be known for that time traveling machine (it actually traveled through time but you needed to get to 88 miles an hour, we checked)- the Delorean. It was a heap of junk but became added to pop culture legend in the film Back to the Future.
The documentary was directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce and will hit cinemas and VOD June 7th.
It’s interesting that they’ve taken this route, I probably would have preferred an entire documentary of real footage but Delorean was a strange and out there man, so this film might as well be the same.
Watch the trailer above.
Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt in the Blink of An Eye
The lives of former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and legend Dale Earnhardt are forever entwined
The lives of former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and legend Dale Earnhardt are intertwined. The incredible and tragic story of that fateful day was told in the 2011 Michael Waltrip book In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything, and now the story has been turned into an upcoming documentary titled Blink Of An Eye.
Waltrip’s incredible career was forever changed on February 18, 2001, the day of the Daytona 500. Waltrip had at that point, gone 462 races without a win. But on that day racing legend Dale Earnhardt had positioned himself at the close of the race to help Waltrip, and his son Dale Earnhardt Jr., finish in 1st and 2nd place respectively as both were members of his team. It would have been a story unto itself except that would be the last race Earnhardt Sr. would ever race. In a tragic accident that reverberated across the nation, Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the final lap.
Blink Of An Eye tells the story of Waltrip’s remarkable career, as well as the guilt and grief he felt after the events of that fateful day. The film features interviews with Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Richard Petty, and was directed by Paul Taublieb (who had previously produced the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau).
The film is set for limited release September 6th in New York and Los Angeles before its nationwide release September 12th.
Driven and the fall of John DeLorean
Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
Are you surprised that a feature film hasn’t been made about John DeLorean?
It’s a question we asked just months ago when the trailer for Framing John DeLorean dropped; a bizarre film that’s part documentary, part recreation of the life of one of automotive history’s most charismatic characters. Now for whatever reason, we’re getting two John DeLorean films in one year. The second one, titled Driven, is even more bizarre; a comedy/heist/buddy film starring Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy) as DeLorean and Jason Sudeikis as a con man looking to set DeLorean up for the fall.
Is this fiction? Is this an exaggeration? Well, we know that DeLorean’s career was ultimately derailed by the less than stellar cars the DeLorean Motor Company was producing, but his drug bust (set up or not), certainly did not help. By the end, once the dust had settled, even DeLorean himself said; “Would you buy a used car from me?”
So we’ll take this movie as one of those “Based on True Events” type of movies that leans into a little bit of truth for the idea but happily flaps its gull-wing doors away into the land of fiction.
Driven is directed by Nick Hamm (Killing Bono) and co-stars Judy Greer, Michael Cudlitz, and Corey Stoll- the perfect “oh yeah! That guy/girl!” trio of co-stars. The film opens in-theatres and on-demand on August 16th.