Public Enemies director Michael Mann is close to signing a deal to direct Go Like Hell, an adaptation of A.J. Baime's non-fiction racing book.

Jason D. Keller adapted the book, which centers on the heated rivalry between automakers Ford and Ferrari during the 1960s. The story follows Henry Ford II, Lee Iacocca, and racing specialist Carroll Shelby who developed the Ford GT40, which, in 1966, became the first American-made car to win the 24-hour Le Mans race. The GT40 went on to win the next four 24-hour Le Mans races.

Alex Young and Lucas Foster will produce Go Like Hell, which is being set up at 20th Century Fox. It isn't known when production will start yet.

Brad Pitt is said to be eyeing the lead role, although no casting decisions have been made yet.