During the online Comic-Con convention, director Joseph Kosinski revealed that he almost shot the movie Ford v Ferrari several years before it was released. In 2013, he took up the filming of AJ Byimi’s book At Full Speed. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were approved for the main roles:
I won’t say that we were ready to start shooting, but the project got to the point where I got Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt together to read the script together. Unfortunately, the project eluded me because we could not meet the required budget.
In 2018, James Mangold took over as the director of a project about the confrontation between American and European auto companies in the 60s of the last century. The roles of car designer Carroll Shelby and racer Ken Miles went to Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Kosinski says about the resulting film:
I think Mangold ended up doing a terrific version of the film, and Christian Bale and Matt Damon did a great job. We watched the movie with Tom and we both liked what we saw. It is strange, though, to see someone else make a film that you almost made yourself. But they did a great job.