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Clint announces second Iwo Jima movie

09 January 2006  |  Written by   

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Clint Eastwood has declared his intention to start shooting a second movie about the World War Two battle of Iwo Jima in March, intended as a follow-up “companion” piece to his currently-in-production Flags Of Our Fathers.

Where Flags focuses on the American soldiers who famously photographed while raising the stars-and-stripes on the pacific island, this next movie, entitled Red Sun, Black Sand, centres on the Japanese perspective. It will be scripted by Japanese-American scripter Iris Yamashita, although she’ll be working with Eastwood’s current fave collaborator Paul Haggis, who also wrote Flags. Ken Watanabe has been mentioned as the likely star.

The plan is for Flags to be released in the US in August, with Red Sun, Black Sand to follow later in the year. Eastwood’s also hoping to actually shoot the second movie on Iwo Jima itself, although he has yet to secure permission from the Japanese government. If all goes to plan, Clint has said, “I’ll be the only non-Japanese-speaking person within miles…”

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Difficult to tell
Its hard to know at such an early stage but this is a HUGELY ambitious project, which I can see getting shelved. It strkes me of a "jumping the shark moment" in Cliff's career but that could be just pessimistic ol me, I thought "Passion" would bury Mel and we'd see Lethal Weapon 5 soon so what do I know! More

Posted by theram05 at 09:10 on 10 January 2006 | Report This Post

Come on now.... cant belive that the second movie will just be a cold, honest look at the japanese side of the conflict....Honestly, can you belive ONE american studio giving Eastwood the green light to make that kind of film WITHOUT an american perspective on it? At the very least it'll be made alomst exclucivly in english, and if not that? it'll have atleast some american stars in it to give those bloody americans some way of identifing with the picture. Seems like ol'Clint is letting his ambitions ru More

Posted by Boorerville at 02:21 on 10 January 2006 | Report This Post

this is considerably more ambitious fare than we usually would expect from eastwood. very interesting indeed... More

Posted by billythehick at 21:50 on 09 January 2006 | Report This Post

I think that Clint has enough directing Kudos, that even the uneducated and ill-informed US audience won't write it off straight away. The man is one of their greatest cultural icons of the 20th century, they will trust him. These films will cement Clint's reputation as one of the best directors working today. More

Posted by davidjthomson at 10:31 on 09 January 2006 | Report This Post

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