Sunday, August 29, 2010

Warner Bros Buys Into THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY - Will Make It A $200M 3D Epic!

An interesting rumor (out of usually reliable Deadline) has it that Warner Bros is buying a pitch from Bruce C. McKenna (THE PACIFIC) for a World War II Pacific theater epic THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY. Apparently it is being fast tracked and McKenna will deliver a script to the studio within 8 weeks.

$200 million is the likely price tag
for the war movie that focuses on the turning point of WWII where Japan lost 4 of its extremely important aircraft carriers.

Personally, I am a WWII buff, though admittedly more focused on the European theater. Midway is truly one of the great battles of all time, from before it happened (breaking codes, etc) to its aftermath. Sun Tzu will tell you battles are won before they are fought: "Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge."

I liked the 1976 version entitled MIDWAY with Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn and Hal Holdbrook, (a heckuva lineup) and just watched it this past month in fact.

Should be an excellent recreation, especially in 3D! Thanks Tim.

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