Disney+ Jumps On The Formula 1 Bandwagon With Docuseries Hosted By Keanu Reeves

Disney+ Formula 1 Documentary Series Keanu Reeves Brawn GP

In an effort to unite two beloved sources of entertainment, Disney+ is developing a Formula 1 documentary series hosted by none other than Keanu Reeves. Because why should Netflix, Apple TV+, and Hulu have all the fun?

Variety reports the untitled four-part affair will focus upon current F1 Managing Director / then-Honda Team Principal Ross Brawn, who bought the Honda team for a single British pound back when it was in dire financial straits circa 2008.

Renaming the outfit after himself, Brawn GP would take the 2009 season by storm before claiming two “unprecedented championship victories” — a constructors’ title as well as a drivers’ title with Jenson Button at the wheel. The following year, it would be sold once again and rebranded as Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1; which eventually entered its own era of dominance established by world champions Nico Rosberg and Sir Lewis Hamilton.

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Disney+ Formula 1 Documentary Series Keanu Reeves Brawn GP

Keanu Reeves has already been conducting interviews with the likes of former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo – whom the John Wick star was actually pictured alongside last month (see: above) – former Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello, as well as Jenson Button and Ross Brawn himself.

“We want to tell that amazing remarkable story [of Brawn GP]… There is so much to talk about,” Keanu Reeves told a local racing journalist at Silverstone during the most recent British Grand Prix.

“A friend of mine was telling me the story and I was so struck by it and he was actually working for Brawn back in the day in publicity and he’s a producer/director and so we were like, “Well let’s tell that story, let’s try and tell that story.’”

“It’s been really great to be able to learn more about what was going on in Formula One that year. It wasn’t just the cars, new regulations, FOTA [the Formula One Teams Association] breakaway series. I mean there was just so much happening in Formula One at that time.”

Disney+ Formula 1 Documentary Series Keanu Reeves Brawn GP

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“The world of Formula One was just extraordinary. I mean, it’s always extraordinary, but in that year with Brawn GP I think something really special happened.”

Of course, this Formula 1 docuseries will face some stiff competition once it hits our streaming queues. As alluded to in the opening paragraph, aside from Netflix’s monster-hit property Formula 1: Drive To Survive, Disney+ will have to contend with:

  • Apple’s Formula One movie directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick), starring Brad Pitt, and produced by seven-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton
  • Apple’s untitled feature-length documentary about Sir Lewis Hamilton
  • Hulu’s upcoming scripted F1 series produced by McLaren Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo

… and God knows whatever else drops between now and then to vie for a slice of the ever-shrinking attention economy. At least motorsport fans won’t be able to complain about a lack of content. Right?

While Disney+ hasn’t confirmed a release date for its Formula 1 documentary series hosted by Keanu Reeves just yet, sources indicate it’ll debut in late 2023.

Keep an eye out here for more details.