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Anthony Hemingway Directing George Lucas' Red Tails

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October 1, 2008

Red Tails

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?

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  • jason b
    this has a chance of being a pretty good ww2 movie but only if lucas is banned from writing the dialogue!!
  • DieHard Indy Fan
    wasnt this done already for Television? I seem to remember the red-tailed Mustangs and, i believe, Lawrence Fishburne...
  • barf the mawg
    #2, it was called "The Tuskegee Airmen" I've been saying this for years, just have Lucas produce a bunch of smaller films, and let young directors get their start. Just don't pull an Al Davis, George. Leave the kid alone.
  • bozoconnors
    This could be cool. But yeah... if George screws with this too much, it'll turn into poo. Also... what's with the pop-up ads? I would hate to find another source for my news if I have to close popups every time I visit.
  • Bobby
    There will probably be some annoying sidekick... maybe evem monkeys riding on the side of the plane. Never forget!
  • DieHard Indy Fan
    #3: quote 'it was called "The Tuskegee Airmen"' makes sence... #5: lol
  • Hilander
    Ya, it's been done. But, damn, it's hard to say "No" to a war movie!!!
  • Al
    should be a good movie. looking forward to countless re-installments over the next 30 years.
  • Alex, had you reported this without any mention to GL, I might have been interested. As it is, that hack gets no more of my moolah.
  • PimpSlapStick
    I've met a few of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen while in the service and it does my heart and good to see this film get made, and yes I hope GL doesn'r screw this up.

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