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New Film Tells the True Story Behind the Car from Back to the Future
The DeLorean will go down in history as an automotive icon thanks to its starring role as Marty McFly’s time-bending, flying car from the Back to the Future films. But now a new movie is telling the tale of the man behind the car, and while the real story may not be time travel levels of crazy, it does sound pretty wild.
Driven stars Jason Sudeikis and Lee Pace as FBI informant Jim Hoffman and John DeLorean. The real-life automotive engineer left a successful career as a General Motors executive to found the DeLorean Motor Company in 1975. But the company famously produced only one car—the model Marty and Doc would turn into a piece of cinematic history—before going bankrupt just seven years after it was created. And while his company was fighting to survive, DeLorean himself was in the midst of a personal legal battle. In 1982, he was charged with cocaine trafficking after being caught in an FBI sting thanks to Hoffman, a former neighbor who moonlighted as a crooked federal informant. Only around 9,000 original DeLoreans ever rolled off the assembly line, and today the cars are pricey collector’s items that can run around $50,000.
Sudeikis and Pace star alongside Ant-Man’s Judy Greer and Corey Stoll, and the film is directed by Nick Hamm. It opens in theaters and OnDemand on August 16th. Check out the trailer—which dropped on the 34th anniversary of Back to the Future’s original July 3rd, 1985 release—below.
Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.