Across their careers, Philadelphia-based filmmakers Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce have covered everything from the Barnes Foundation with 2009's The Art of the Steal to nuclear power with 2012's The Atomic States of America. But for their next documentary, the real-life couple will focus on the creator of one of the biggest failures in automotive history: John DeLorean.
This is a little different, thought: The documentary will star Alec Baldwin as DeLorean and Deadpool actress Morena Baccarin as his wife, Cristina Ferrare, Deadline reports. The doc, which is not yet titled, will feature scripted scenes interspersed with interviews from friends, family, and colleagues of the former automotive industry star.
DeLorean worked for years as an engineer at major car companies like Packard, Chevrolet, and General Motors, where he once served as vice president of car and truck production. He left GM in 1973 to start the DeLorean Motor Co., which would go on to produce the ill-fated DeLorean DMC-12 in 1981 — the company's only vehicle to be produced before DMC went bankrupt in 1982.
Pop culture fans likely remember the car from its famous appearances in the Back to the Future films, in which the car served as a base for Dr. Emmett Brown's time machine. With its stainless steel body, gull wing doors, and overall futuristic appearance, the car has become one of the most famous in the world, despite a limited number being produced (9,000, Time reports) at a cost of $25,000 each.
In October 1982, DeLorean was hit with cocaine-trafficking charges stemming from a recorded FBI drug sting. In that incident, DeLorean was arrested and charged with conspiracy to purchase and distribute about 59 pounds worth of the drug, worth a then-estimated $24 million, according to reports. He was found not guilty in August 1984, but the damage to his reputation had been done, and the once-revered automaker declared personal bankruptcy by 1999.
DeLorean ultimately died in March 2005 at age 80 after a stroke in his Bedminster, N.J., home. His tombstone famously features an image of a DMC-12 at a 3/4-angle, with gull wing doors flapped wide open.
Despite its creator's death, however, the DeLorean lives on. As Popular Mechanics reports, a U.K.-based businessman is working on a futuristic flying version of the vehicle bearing DeLorean's name. The company hopes to conduct a test flight by the end of 2018, but has not yet indicated a release date for the vehicles.
Argott and Joyce, however, hope to have their own DeLorean project out by 2018 with some help from XYZ Films and 9.14 Pictures. So, wherever it ends up, you'll likely still need roads to get there.