Anthony Hemingway Directing George Lucas' Red Tails
by Alex Billington
October 1, 2008
No, this isn't John Woo's Red Cliff, this is Red Tails, George Lucas' epic WWII action adventure story. LucasFilm has hired first-time feature filmmaker Anthony Hemingway to direct the film. Hemingway has past experience directing numerous TV episodes and has also worked as the first assistant director on quite a few films, but has never directed a feature film. Red Tails revolves around the young pilots who overcame institutional racism in the military to form the Tuskegee Airmen, the fliers who become the first African-American fighter pilots in US military history during WWII. Should be interesting?
George Lucas is executive producing and developed the original story. Screenwriter John Ridley (of U Turn, Three Kings, and Undercover Brother previously) penned the script for Lucas with Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson producing. The film will start shooting in March in Italy, Prague and Croatia. So this is Lucas' next project? No more Star Wars? I just hope this isn't as bad as any of Lucas' recent films. It sounds like it could be good and I'm interested to see what Hemingway can do, but there are so many really skeptical aspects of this project (from Lucas to Hemingway), that I'm not sure yet. Thoughts?