Fox Series Alcatraz Recreates Bullitt Chase Scene With 2013 Mustang GT

Fox Recreates Bullitt Mustang Chase with 2013 Mustang GT and Dodge Charger

Forty-two years ago Peter Yates’ gritty police drama became a cult classic as the King of Cool, Steve McQueen, pilots a 1968 Ford Mustang GT (390) through the streets of San Francisco. It’s the chase scene. Tonight 35 years after the Mustang GT cemented its legend by out dueling a 1968 Dodge Charger in Bullitt, Fox will attempt to recreate the magic tonight on their hit TV drama, Alcatraz.

For the two-hour season finale of the hit FOX TV series Alcatraz (airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT), executive producers J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jennifer Johnson, Daniel Pyne and Jack Bender have reimagined that legendary sequence. In the series, San Francisco detective Rebecca Madsen (series star Sarah Jones) tracks down inmates who mysteriously disappeared from the maximum security prison when it closed nearly half a century ago and are now reappearing in contemporary San Francisco.

Like the original car chase, the new chase features a Ford Mustang and a Dodge Charger. But this time, with her own mint ’68 ’Stang unavailable, detective Madsen “borrows” a brand-new Deep Impact Blue 2013 Mustang GT to track down another of those reappearing convicts. The chase was filmed on many of the same streets and corners traveled by the 1968 characters.
“It’s such an iconic chase and such an iconic moment in San Francisco history and cinematic history. It actually worked out in a magical way because this chase scene became central to the final pursuit in the final episode,” said executive producer Pyne. “It was so exciting to work with Ford and the city of San Francisco to re-create the modern-day interpretation of such a legendary moment.”

Which car do you think was cooler blasting through San Francisco, the 1968 or the 2013 Mustang or Charger?

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