Maverick’s Regret, Life After the Race and the Advice He Got From Jeffrey Katzenberg and George Lucas – Deadline

exclusive: Lewis Hamilton Film and TV production company movies dawn apollo.

The seven-time Formula One champion, who holds the record for most Formula 1 wins, first places and podium finishes, sat down with us to discuss the company’s plans, the important role the film played in his life and the role it could play for him after retirement.

The Mercedes chauffeur created a production company in the clothes of talented Cooper, which is run by his manager, Benny Tho.

Already on the list are two projects expected with Apple TV +: the untitled Formula One racing movie from Top Gun: Maverick boss Joe Kosinskichampionship Brad Pitt; and a feature-length documentary about Hamilton’s private journey, during which he became famous for breaking barriers on and off the track. The first will follow a driver coming out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie against the titans of his sport. Both titles will be executively produced by Hamilton under the new production banner.

Hamilton says the company’s main ambition will be to drive “meaningful conversations and tell powerful stories”. The celebrity athlete is particularly keen on building opportunities for diverse voices, whether they come from sports, fashion, cultural or technology backgrounds.

Check out our chat below, in which Hamilton discusses working with the streamers, meeting with Hollywood listeners Jeffrey Katzenberg and George Lucas, his chances on camera, and his advice to frustrated Denver Broncos fans (Hamilton is part of a consortium that recently took a stake in the franchise).

Limit: It has been a challenging year on track. Some people are still very excited about how last season will turn out. You should feel more…

Lewis Hamilton: I’m trying to move forward. Whether it’s positive or negative, I try to direct the energy in the right direction through my work. This year has definitely been tough. We’re really trying to improve the car in the last few races and then we’ll see. But I really hope next year’s car will be even better. Everyone is.

Limit: You are now branching out into some new areas. Why did you want to release the Dawn Apollo movies?

Hamilton: I have always been to the cinema. I watch a lot. I find it a real escape. There are a lot of films that I find inspiring and I have always dreamed of doing something in this field one day. The question was often asked whether I would act. I was very fortunate to be a Formula One driver so I didn’t have enough time to dedicate to an acting career, but my dream was to tell stories. I sat down with my team, and asked, “What does it take for us to start a production company?” So, I ventured and met a group of producers and filmmakers in Los Angeles just to gain knowledge. One of them was Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The goal is to create touching stories and ultimately inspire people through movies and storytelling. Much of the new company will be about social impact, community, and causes. This is very important to me.

Limit: Why did you choose this name for the company?

Hamilton: Apollo is the Greek god of sunlight, music and poetry, so I’ve always liked the name. Dawn because it is the time of the other and the light, and symbolizes new beginnings. It is generally my favorite time of the day.

We have two great projects in the works with Apple TV+. One is the documentary and the other is the F1 movie that we’re making with Brad Pitt and Joe Kosinski. I’ve already had a chance to work with Joe Top Gun: Maverick. Tom [Cruise] He put me on the phone with him and moved the atmosphere of heaven and earth to create a space for me to be one of the pilots in the movie, but I couldn’t make it work, which I regret every day. I try to take these opportunities when they come now, but the racing season is still paramount.

Top Gun: Maverick


Limit: Can you act in an F1 movie?

Hamilton: I do not plan to. I can’t say it’s impossible but for now I’m enjoying the lessons I’m learning in the background from Joe, the writing team and Brad…

Limit: When do we watch the documentary and narration?

Hamilton: The documentary is likely to be at the end of 2023 or early 2024. The script of the film is still being improved so a release date has not been set yet.

Limit: Will you hire the company?

Hamilton: yes. We’re just in the process at the moment. We started with Penni Thow together and it’s important for us to find a diverse team.

Limit: Your first two projects with Apple. Do you have an exclusive deal with them?

Hamilton: Not currently, but I’d like to do more work with Apple. I am a big fan of the brand. I love the stories they tell and how they promote them. There is an opportunity for us to do more and try to find more inspiring stories. There is a lot in the pipeline.

Limit: Would you enjoy an exclusive or at first sight deal with a streaming device?

Hamilton: As we set out, I think it’s important that we stay open with our approach and it’s important that we can express our core values… Throughout my life, even as a child, I’ve been referring to films. Whether I’m talking to a friend, an engineer, or a CEO, I often quote movies. cold rune It’s one of the things I think about and refer to often. It’s so delicious, but it was also very relevant to me as a kid when I was the only person of color on the racetrack. The kind of look we got as a family was the same that the Jamaican bobsleigh team got. inspired me. For me, the end of the movie when they are determined to finish the race even if it means carrying their sledge over the line, is about integrity and values. I want the kids to leave the cinema and think “Wow, I can be cool too.”

Limit: In recent years I have been more vocal on issues of social justice. Did your experiences in Formula 1 make that desire for change more urgent, or did something else prompt it?

Hamilton: I think it’s from He was born in the United Kingdom. The older you get, the more clearly you see reality. I am sympathetic. When I see people in pain and people divided and a lot of conflict, it makes me want to try to unite people while I’m on this planet. I think of my niece and nephew, who are seven and eight years old now, and it makes me want to be someone who lives up to it. I think of myself when I was eight, and I think how I can inspire eight-year-olds today to make the right decisions, to be empathetic, to chase their dreams.

Lewis Hamilton took his knee on the grid in support of ending racism during the F1 Grand Prix in Portugal

Limit: You seem to be in transition. You have a lot of interests outside of F1. How many years do you see yourself behind the wheel and how far can film and television be something you focus on next?

Hamilton: my main My primary focus and business is still motorsports. I’m 37. I focus very much on my health: on my body, my mind, and my spiritual well-being. I am well aware of other great athletes who spend their whole lives as I have, focused on their sport, and when they get to the end they may not necessarily have the right people around them to help organize their next training session.

I’ve talked to people who have said, “Look, when I stopped everything fell apart. I wasn’t ready to do other things. I didn’t take the time to learn any other crafts or skills. I don’t know what my other passions were, so, I wasn’t really focused on trying to understand what these are.” Feelings and creating pedestals. So, when I stop racing – which I don’t plan to do for a while; I still feel like I’m in a good place – I want it to be smooth. I want to be able to move forward to focus fully on the Dawn Apollo movies and Being able to jump at a similar level to what I’m used to.

Limit: She has done a voice over for the Pixar Cars franchise movie. Would you like to act in front of the camera?

Hamilton: I’m fascinated by him, I really am. I’d love to try it one day but am fully aware of the fact that it takes ten thousand hours to master something. I am very stubborn. If I’m going to do something, I want it to be really good. I don’t have to be the best at everything, necessarily, but I know how much hard work these actors put in. I don’t want to be one of those celebrities who transitions into a different field and thinks he can easily do it.

Limit: What advice did Jeffrey Katzenberg give you?

Hamilton: I am very fortunate to know Jeffrey so well. He is a really positive person and he really cares about the work he does. He told me that if I had any questions, his door was open. There were others as well, and I really like some of the others. George Lucas, for example. I wanted to pick their brains on what to focus on, the risks, how to find empathetic and like-minded people to work with, and people they want to make an impact. Both recommended good people to work with and some different ways I could go about it.

Limit: I recently bought at the Denver Broncos and was at Mile High last night to watch a game. It’s a great franchise but the start of the season has been challenging. What’s your message to Broncos fans?

Hamilton: It certainly was a difficult start. With a lot of change, this is normal. I loved being at the match, the atmosphere was great. For our team, I think we just have to be patient and understand the process. The fans are what inspires us to keep going as athletes so we can’t do it without them.

Our attack is not strong enough at the moment. contact [QB, Russell Wilson] He’s obviously new to the team and still learning and building those relationships, and he needs protection, as every quarterback does. We also deal with a lot of injuries, so we’re working on fitness and getting ready. But I am inspired by energy. I received videos of speeches from the coach in the locker room before matches and I am inspired by all of them.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with fans after the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in 2019.

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