Building off of a recently announced multi-title development deal, Noah Media Group and Sky Studios will collaborate with Sky Italia on a feature documentary focused on the story of Formula One legends Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi.
Villeneuve & Pironi focuses on the 1982 F1 season where Villeneuve and Pironi, two rival Ferrari teammates, both had the opportunity to win the world championship. But on the final laps of the Italian Grand Prix, Pironi passed Villeneuve to win the race in what Villeneuve interpreted as a betrayal that went against their team. The two racers never spoke again.
Two generations of both racers’ families will contribute to the film. Villeneuve’s children, including former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, will be part of the documentary, as well as Pironi’s children who were named after the two drivers. Villeneuve’s wife Joann and Pironi’s partner Catherine Goux will also both be featured, along with some of the biggest names in Formula One history.
‘My family and I are pleased to participate in the making of the documentary Villeneuve & Pironi. This period in time and these events were traumatic for our family and, after more than 40 years, still remain very emotional. Having been a privileged witness to these events, it is important that this story be told with respect,” said Joann Villeneuve in a news release.
“We are looking forward to the world learning more about the two incredible men that were Gilles and Didier, but also for a new generation to discover this unique and inspiring story that reaches beyond the sport itself,” added Goux.
Production has started on the documentary which is scheduled for a late 2022 release. Torquil Jones (14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible, Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager) will direct the film, while John McKenna and former F1 driver Mark Webber will produce.
The film will premiere on Sky Documentaries and on the NOW streaming service in the UK, Italy and Germany. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales on behalf of Sky Studios.
Villeneuve & Pironi follows up on other sports documentary work from Noah Media Group including Finding Jack Charlton, The Edge and Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans. Noah is also set to release its first Netflix original feature documentary this month with 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible.