Monroe's next sport to document is Formula One racing, according to Variety. He'll write the currently untitled project for occasional collaborator Paul Crowder, a filmmaker who also has a background in sports documentaries, having co-directed Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos and edited Stacy Peralta's Riding Giants and Dogtown and Z-Boys and Monroe's own Morning Light. The duo doesn't solely film sports movies, though. Monroe and Crowder just recently worked together, for instance, on a documentary about Silicon Valley pioneers William Shockley and Robert Noyce (titled The Real Revolutionaries).
Producer Michael Shevloff says the goal is to come up with a "bigscreen action documentary experience," and here's hoping the word "action" was emphasized. While the film could theoretically play well to the millions of auto racing fans throughout the U.S., I wonder if Formula One is actually that widely embraced by our country of NASCAR enthusiasts. All I can think of is how the villain in Talladega Nights is an F1 driver. Meanwhile, Renny Harlin and Sylvester Stallone's F1 movie, Driven, was a flop abroad as well as in America.
Obviously I know little about the sport, but I'm optimistic this film will change that. I didn't know anything about dolphin slaughter in Japan before The Cove, either. But that film wasn't just about educating the audience about its tragic cause; it was also an exhilarating and heart-wrenching action-drama. I anticipate that Monroe and Crowder's doc on Formula One will be just as entertaining.