'Spitfire' to Chronicle Female Forerunner in the 50s Auto Racing World

November 15, 2013

Louise Smith

Lionsgate currently has a powerful female led franchise in the form of The Hunger Games with Jennifer Lawrence, and now they're working on a true life drama that will give another powerful female the spotlight on the big screen. Deadline report Lionsgate and Odd Lot Entertainment have picked up a pitch called Spitfire from up and coming writer Grant Thompson (scripting the Kevin Costner sports film McFarland), a film that looks at the life of Louise Smith, a rebellious woman who broke onto the stock car racing circuit back in the 1950s, paving the way for females to enter the fast-paced, male-dominated sport.

Smith came to be known as the First Lady of Racing as she followed her dreams of racing all the way to Daytona, and even became an integral part of landing the funding for the racing organization that would become NASCAR after World War II. The stock car racing giant will executive produce the film, which means it will push the film to their millions of fans. NASCAR is usually pretty picky about the projects they approve to use their name (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby was the last one), so their support actually means something. However, they also have a predominantly male audience, so they'll have to try hard to sell this female-driven (no pun intended) film, and also getting females interested in racing.

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