Automotive history in general—and motorsport in particular—is filled with the kind of charismatic characters and high drama which make great cinema.

That said, the worlds of cars and celluloid haven't always managed to come together in ways that did either justice. But the fantastic documentary "Senna," along with Ron Howard's gripping "Rush"—which chronicled the battle between F1 stars James Hunt and Niki Lauda—stand as two sparkling examples of how right the pairing can be.

And it appears the stars are aligning on another great project, as Robert De Niro is being reported to be taking up the lead role in an Enzo Ferrari biopic.

The news comes to us by way of Motorsport, which quotes the star as stating the Ferrari film "has absolute priority over all my other projects."

Another encouraging sign? Rumors Clint Eastwood might direct. 

With Adam Carolla's "Winning"—based on Paul Newman's life in racing—poised for release, and the big screen version of author A.J. Baime's fantastic "Go Like Hell"—Tom Cruise will reportedly play Carroll Shelby—on the horizon, the coming years should present plenty of opportunities for enthusiasts to hit the theaters.

Stay tuned for information regarding all the productions as news breaks.