Senna scriptwriter will produce Bernie Ecclestone documentary series

Manish Pandey, who scripted the award-winning motor racing film “Senna”, is making an eight-part documentary series about the life of former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and his transformation of the sport.

The series will be named “Lucky!” and has been given exclusive rights by British billionaire Ecclestone, who was supplanted by Formula One’s U.S.- based proprietors Liberty Media in 2017 and is presently 90.

It will likewise utilize broad archive footage given by Formula One.

“Bernie has been able to reflect, not just on his days as one of the greatest sporting impresarios of all time, but also on his life,” said Pandey, who will write and direct, in a statement.

No release date was given.

Ecclestone, whose contribution in Formula One dates from the 1950s, said it was the first time when he had confided in anybody to tell his story for the big screen.

“Senna”, a movie directed by Asif Kapadia, tells the story of the life and death of Brazil’s triple world champion Ayrton Senna, who passed on at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Italy’s Imola circuit.

Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali said Ecclestone had played a huge role in the sport’s history.

“With half a billion global fans, and races in 23 countries, the interest and excitement around Formula One is huge and there will be eager anticipation for the series that will take the viewers on a journey into the life of one of sport’s most interesting characters,” said the former Ferrari team boss.

Formula One is the subject of a popular Netflix docu-series “Drive to Survive”, presently shooting a fourth season, that has been credited with an ascent in popularity of the sport in the United States.

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