Brad Pitt has temporarily suspended work on the Formula 1 film, now codenamed Apex. The reason is the desire to support the strike of the SAG against AI. This is reported by Deadline with reference to British media.
“Brad Pitt, who plays the lead role and is one of the producers of the film, agreed that they would finish shoots booked in but has postponed planned production over the next two months. The cast and crew of Apex have been filming in Budapest but Brad has called for the future dates to be put back, in solidarity with everyone striking,” writes The Sun. “Postponing the production was a massive call, especially financially, but Brad has listened to the concerns of the people he works with and wants to show his support.”
In general, the Screen Actors Guild of the USA, which initiated the current strike, is quite an influential organization in the USA. At one time, it was here that the future president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who was the director of the Guild in 1947-1952 and 1959-1960, began his political career. So Brad Pitt’s support for the strike is also a political gesture.
As a reminder, the film by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Top Gun: Maverick) with Brad Pitt about the Formula 1 race was filmed during the 2023 British Grand Prix. Then the Apex film crew joined the paddock and even put their own cars on the starting grid. The same filming was planned during the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, which took place on July 28-30, 2023. But the film crew never appeared on the track.
On the other hand, if Brad Pitt intends to film during the next Grand Prix, he’s not really wasting much time. Now Formula 1 has just gone on a summer break and the next race will take place in just a month – this is the Grand Prix of the Netherlands at the Zandvoort circuit, scheduled for August 25-27, 2023.
We will remind, recently Forbes estimated the value of Formula 1 teams, which have significantly increased in price in recent years thanks to the attention of cinematographers.