It's Time to Kick the Tires and Light the Fires with War Birds!
by Ethan Anderton
December 6, 2009
Never since Top Gun has a film captured the pure adrenaline rush and intensity of fighter jet air combat. Sure sequences in films like Pearl Harbor and Independence Day have been fantastic in themselves, but an entire film has never come close to director Tony Scott's energy rush in the sky. That might all change as THR reports TMU Pictures is moving forward with a Michael Chait directed action-adventure film War Birds, the story of an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. It's like The Fast and the Furious but with jets!
The script was written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder but writers J. Todd Harris (Bottle Shock) and Richard Jefferies (Tron Legacy) will be polishing the script and also producing this. And while you might think that this will simply be a lot of impressive CG and green screen work, shooting will use real airplanes and aerial sequences, including authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress as well as modern military helicopters and jets. Someone not at all unfamiliar with shooting such gargantuan sequences is Titanic cinematographer Russell Carpenter who will serve as a visual consultant.
As cut and dry as the story itself sounds, I can see the action sequences in the air being nothing short of impressive. And it sounds like Chait is ready to put the audience on the edge of their seats. "Growing up the son of an artist and a pilot, I've always worked the drama and production value of aviation into my movies. That's still the best way to truly immerse an an audience in the experience." We'll just have to wait and see.