Brad Peyton’s made his name directing and producing big disaster and science fiction films like San Andreas and Rampage, and Toni Calderon’s done everything from lead the communications group at championship-winning IndyCar teams to serving as a team principal endurance racing efforts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Calderon also ventured into the world of filmmaking with 2018’s The Gentleman Driver, and with Peyton on board to further explore the theme of professional racecar drivers and non-pros intermingling in high-profile sports car competition, they’ll start work on a new docuseries that will begin filming in 2023.
"I'm fascinated by the raw nature of pro-am racing and more importantly the stories and stakes of the men and women drivers who compete in it,” Peyton said. “This league and these drivers have captivating stories that mainstream America hasn't seen yet. I'm excited to dive into the unscripted world with this project and can't wait to be at Daytona when we kick-off the production.”
According to the duo, their as-yet-unnamed project has assembled a producing team that “includes Justin Price, who helped found Netflix’s unscripted initiative, leading content strategy for series ranging from Queer Eye to Formula 1: Drive to Survive. Mike Zhu, former Head of Strategy and Planning for Wiip Studios. Rob Ferriol, President & CEO of Hardpoint Motorsports. Beaux Jackson, producer of the Gentleman Driver, and Mark Sunderland, President of SunHouse Entertainment.”
Veteran IMSA race winners and stars Katherine Legge and Filipe Albuquerque are among the pros who’ve signed on for the docuseries.
“This series aims to shine a light on the unsung heroes of motorsports—the amateur drivers—and bring fans a rare look at their lives,” Calderon said. “We want to share the incredible stories of drivers who risk their lives and put themselves in impossible situations because of their passion for and love of the sport. These are men and women from all walks of life going out there and risking it all to prove that they are as good as the pros and to earn a coveted seat at Le Mans."
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