A SQUASHED HOPE
It is a dark
time for movie blogs.
Lucas would be directing his first non-Star
Wars film in over three decades, Lucasfilm has
announced that he'll will merely serve as the executive
producer for the project, restoring peace to the blogosphere...
Ok, enough with the scrolly text. Yes, early reports that George Lucas would direct Red Tails
, a film on the Tuskegee Airmen, are false. As it turns out, the blogosphere collectively misread this AP story, which states that Red Tails would
be Lucas' next project. However, the article merely states that Lucas
is involved in the project and never mentions anything about potential
directors. Lucas, who has a long list of producer credits, will serve as the Executive Producer for the project. Check your sources, you should.
it's pretty cool that the film is getting made, even without Lucas
sitting in the director's chair. As any World War II history buff knows, the
Tuskegee Airmen were the first squadron of African-American pilots
to fight for the U.S. Air Force. As a part of the 99th Pursuit Squadron,
the fighters participated in over 15,000 combat trips in Europe,
escorting bombers in raids throughout the continent and shooting down
109 Luftwaffe planes. The group's impressive combat record heavily
influenced the War Department and the federal government's decision to
desegregate the military.
of the surviving airmen were invited to Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to
record oral histories of their war experiences, and much of the film
will be based on their accounts. Lucas hopes to begin filming by the
end of 2008 or early 2009. The film's script was written by John Ridley, whose previous writing credits include Three Kings (The Force is strong with this one). In regards to who will actually direct the film, Yoda put it best, "Impossible to see, the future is."