AMBI Group, the finance, production and distribution company that already has in the works a remake of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, has optioned life rights to another Italian icon, carmaker Ferruccio Lamborghini, and will finance and produce a feature biopic.
Based on a book and input from Lamborghini’s son, Tonino, the biopic spans the long life of the entrepreneur, from the manufacturing of tractors to creating military vehicles during World War II. Then came designing and building the Lamborghini cars that ultimately defined his legacy and was a catalyst in pulling Italy out of its post-war slump. His love of women and celebrity lifestyle will also be a focus.
The plan is to shoot the film this summer in Italy and other worldwide locales. The film’s working title is Lamborghini – The Legend.
The deal comes as Michael Mann is prepping his biopic on Enzo Ferrari, which Paramount Pictures has signed on to distribute in most world territories. Christian Bale will star as Ferrari in a pivotal year in the life of the Italian auto magnate — that film is also set for a summer shoot in Italy.
AMBI recently acquired the library of Exclusive Media Group and launched a $200 million film fund to finance a new slate of high-end, star-driven commercial feature films as part of its aim to build a global studio. Owing to the Exclusive library deal, AMBI also has in the works a remake of Christopher Nolan’s Memento.
AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group, will handle worldwide sales on the Lamborghini pic.
“I am very proud to produce a film about an iconic man who had such a profound impact around the world, and left a legacy that lives on in such strong spirit,” said AMBI co-founder Andrea Iervolino. “Ferruccio Lamborghini was a pioneering businessman who brought honor to Italy and helped raise worldwide awareness for not just cars, but all products made in Italy. He started from scratch, relying only on his great passion and an unbridled desire to succeed in life — a desire he fulfilled.”
Said AMBI co-founder Monika Bacardi: “This story of Lamborghini is not only about cars, engines and a remarkable career. There is a fascinating, but lesser-known private life and a beautiful love story that will be told though our movie.”