With his long list of successful films, you might Martin Scorcese to be riding to work in a Rolls-Royce, but it seems he plans to make his next film about the classic luxury brand – or, more precisely, about its early years and the people who transformed Rolls into as much a legend as an automobile company.
Best known for violent, if thought-provoking works like Raging Bull and Goodfellas, Scorcese occasionally has been known to take a turn towards romantic period pieces, such as Age of Innocence and last year’s acclaimed Hugo. So, don’t expect a lot of explosions and violence when the 69-year-old director teams up with Britain’s Lord Attenborough – himself best known for the Academy Award winner Gandhi.
Nonetheless, it has all the makings of a classic melodrama, with illicit love affairs, fancy costumes and did we mention it just might have an explosion or two?
The film is set to follow the lives of founders Charles Rolls and Henry Royce but seems ripe for the melodramatic touch thanks to the illicit love affair between Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and his secretary Eleanor Thornton. Don’t recognize her name? She wound up serving as the model for the “Spirit of Ecstasy” that sits atop the bonnet – as the Brits prefer it – of every Rolls-Royce.