Hamilton Director Thomas Kail Tackling World War II Drama Silver Wings

Thomas Kail

He's won awards for his work on TV and the stage (including a slightly popular show called Hamilton) and director Thomas Kail has been looking to bring his skills to the big screen. He's now attached to develop and make a World War II fighter pilot drama called Silver Wings.

The film will adapt aviation historian Katherine Sharp Landdeck's book The Women With Silver Wings, which was snapped up for publishing and is now the subject of a deal with 20th Century Fox. It tells the courageous true story of the conflict's Women Airforce Service Pilots, who became the first women to fly for the US military.

Despite their consistent bravery and desire to break social norms of the time to serve their country, the American government refused to recognise them after the war, ignoring their legacies and denying them veterans benefits. In 2009, after a decades-long battle, their contributions to the war effort were finally honoured, as they were granted the Congressional Gold Medal and officially seen as military veterans. Fox is clearly hoping this could lead to the sort of success that Hidden Figures enjoyed.

Kail is also attached to a new version of Oliver Twist, which Ice Cube is producing and aiming to play Fagin.