Martin Scorsese has announced he will produce “Silver Ghost”, a film that chronicles the lives of the names behind the formation of Rolls-Royce.
The producer/director was behind films such as The Departed, Goodfellas and Taxi Driver and he will now lend his expertise alongside Lord Richard Attenborough and Anthony Haas.
At a recent announcement on the movie, Scorcese said, “When I read the story of Silver Ghost I was mesmerised. I immediately thought that this was a picture that had to be made. And when I was asked to come aboard as a producer alongside Richard Attenborough and Anthony Haas, I didn’t hesitate for a moment.”
It focuses on the lives of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce who founded the world famous brand in 1906 as well as Lord John Douglas-Scott Montagu, a British MP that campaigned on behalf of motorists.
Apparently, the movie not only centres on men and machines, but on a secret love affair between Lord Montague of Beaulieu and his secretary, Eleanor Thornton.
Thornton went on to model for the famous Rolls-Royce hood ornament ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’ that was designed by English Sculptor, Charles Sykes and still adorns Rolls Royce cars today.
The Silver Ghost was the first luxury car that the Rolls Royce Company produced, and was so named by the press at the time, for it’s astounding quietness.
The car was also labelled the “Best car in the world” by UK publication Autocar back in 1907.
The script has been penned by Kiera Knightley’s mother, Sharman Macdonald and Christian Bale is rumored to be in line to take a starring role in the film as Lord Montagu.
According to IMBD, Silver Ghost is due to be released during 2013.
Source = Top Gear