Gavin Hood to Direct Colin Firth in 'Eye in the Sky' UK Action Thriller
After heading into space for the adaptation of Ender's Game, director Gavin Hood is coming back to Earth, and heading across the pond for an action thriller called Eye on the Sky. Deadline has word that Entertainment One has set Hood to direct the film that has Colin Firth attached to start and also produce the film through his Raindog Films production banner. With a script from BAFTA winning writing Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven), the film follows a London-based female military intelligence officer, who is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation aiming to capture a group of terrorists in Nairobi.
However, the job becomes more dire when a mission that started with the task to capture terrorists turns into an assassination mission when it's discovered that her targets are getting ready to enact a suicide attack that will kill many innocent civilians. At the same time, an American drone pilot is ready to destroy the terrorist's safe house until a nine-year-old girl enters the kill zone, thus creating some unforeseen collateral damage and a volatile situation that isn't as black and white as the intelligence organization hoped.
As Firth explains, it sounds like the film really aims to question this real-life scenario and provoke some kind of thought about military action as the game changes due to advance technology, “The use of unmanned aircraft in modern warfare and in the so-called ‘War on Terror’ poses critical questions for us all. Raindog was launched with the hope of making challenging thoughtful films, and I’m pleased to be a part of an exploration into such a crucial issue.” Production is slated to begin in South Africa in August. Could we be looking at an award worthy military drama? We'll see.