Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt Companies to Produce Isle of Man TT Docuseries, Film

Channing Tatum and Brad Pitt feel the need for speed.

The two A-listers and their respective companies have teamed up with a coterie of production banners to produce both a docuseries and a feature film centered on the famous and dangerous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle races.

Tatum’s Free Association, Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, screenwriter Jason Keller, Entertainment 360’s Guymon Casady and Box to Box Films are behind the ventures, which are looking to capture the growing global interest in a wide swath of the sports world worldwide. It also comes as more streamers, media companies and nations pour money into sports at the highest corporate levels.

The production banners will take these projects out as a package later this year, according to Tuesday’s announcement by the companies. Mediawan, the European media company and majority stakeholder of Plan B, will be the studio of the docuseries and handle international sales.

Isle of Man TT began in 1907 on the island nation that sits between Ireland and the UK, and minus two world wars, has run almost continuously since. A single lap of the course is made up of 37.7 miles across the island’s public road systems as the bikes tackle country lanes and city streets at speeds up to 200mph, according to the producers.

The docuseries began production this week. Titled The Greatest Race On Earth, it will focus on the Isle of Man TT race, which some have called one of the most dangerous competitions on the planet and is being held in June this year. Box to Box Films, behind racing doc shows Drive to Survive and Tour de France: Unchained, is producing along with Plan B, Free Association, Entertainment 360 and Keller.

That same group will also develop a feature film package to take to market later this year. It is unclear whether Keller, who co-wrote the script for the Oscar-nominated 2019 racing movie Ford v Ferrari, will pen the script for the Isle of Man project.

Isle of Man racing

Courtesy of Isle of Man TT Races

“We dare anyone to find more awe-inspiring people, or a more breathtakingly vibrant world than The Isle of Man TT,” said Free Association principles Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan in a statement. “We’ve always been drawn to characters who push the edge of what’s possible, and this race is their Shangri-La. We’re deeply honored to be part of the creative dream team telling the story of this legendary event, and can’t wait to finally share this mythical sport we love with audiences all across the globe.”

The other producers were equally enthused in their statements.

Pitt is already in the racing movie business, as he is currently shooting an untitled F1 feature that Joseph Kosinski is directing. Pitt stars in the movie, and he and Plan B are producers on it. Free Association has Blink Twice, Zoe Kravitz’s directorial debut, hitting theaters Aug. 23 from Amazon MGM. Casady was most recently a producer on the well-regarded and well-reviewed romantic adventure movie The Fall Guy.

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