Jackie Stewart has revealed he is involved in two Formula 1 movies, helping out on a feature film based on his relationship with Francois Cevert, plus working on a remastered version of an old movie about his own career.
The three-time World Champion has thrown his support behind plans for a film about his time with former Tyrrell teammate Cevert, who was killed at Watkins Glen in 1973. The movie is being put together by Brokeback Mountain producer Bill Pohlad, and casting is currently underway, with Ewan McGregor being considered for the role of Stewart.
"I think it will be a good movie. They are working hard on it," Stewart related. "The storyline is about how two drivers who are normally opposed to each other as teammates become really close. I've told Bill everything – all the great relationships we had. There will be a lot of tears."
The film charts the pair's relationship from 1971 and will conclude at Watkins Glen, where Cevert was killed in a crash on Saturday morning at the Glen, which caused Stewart to end his F1 career one race early.
"You know what is going to happen in the end, but the circumstances of it all are complicated – Francois getting an approach from Ferrari; was I going to retire as I hadn't even told [wife] Helen? So there is plenty of drama there. I think it will be a very good film."
As well as the Cevert movie, Stewart is also working with Roman Polanski on a 40th anniversary remastered version of their Weekend of a Champion film that charted his success at the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix.
"Polanski is redoing it, in high definition," said Stewart. "We will be doing the same things we did in the original film, but revisiting them 40 years later. So we've driven around the track together again, and we will be talking in the same suite at the Hotel de Paris. It is going to be interesting."