Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: The January Sale!
Try 3 issues of Empire magazine for just £1
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Empire's Avengers: Age Of Ultron Covers Are Here
The Ultrinos are mutating...
Julianne Moore And Eddie Redmayne Win At The Screen Actors Guild Awards
Birdman nabs ensemble
Quentin Tarantino Adds Three To The Hateful Eight
As shooting starts... Probably literally.
Kaya Scodelario May Set Sail For Pirates 5
UPDATE: Jerry Bruckheimer reveals she's on board
Warner Bros. Aims For The Jetsons Again
The latest attempt is animated
New Westworld Image Arrives
And Jonah Nolan talks his plans for the series
Luke Evans Officially Off The Crow Reboot
He's left the nest
Knock Knock Teaser Trailer Online
Keanu Reeves shouldn't answer the door...
American Sniper Still Atop US Box Office
While Mortdecai flops badly
More Movie News

Towne Writing The Battle Of Britain
For GK Films

05 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Towne Writing The Battle Of Britain

When not putting new, controversial words in Darth Vader’s voice box, George Lucas has been spending time getting his World War II aerial drama Red Tails airborne. But he’s not the only one interested in the period and the sky: Graham King’s GK Films is now planning an ambitious, fresh look at one of the UK’s most famous fighting periods with Bonnie & Clyde/Mission: Impossible's Robert Towne writing The Battle of Britain.

King’s reasoning is personal, since his father lived through the time and regaled the producer with his memories of when the Royal Air Force took on the Luftwaffe and ultimately helped stop a Nazi invasion of the country.

“My father lived in London and watched this spectacular dog fight over the city, so bringing this story of endurance and triumph to the big screen means a great deal to me,” King said in a statement picked up by Deadline. “I am also extremely excited to be joining forces with the iconic Robert Towne who is a master of mixing complex characters and tremendously compelling plots. Robert has a passion for history and a shared love of this particular story.”

They’ll need to produce something impressive, as the Battle has already been well chronicled across both film and TV, most notably with the 1969 Guy Hamilton effort Battle of Britain. Still, planes! Pluck! Derring do and a band of underdogs facing overwhelming odds! There's never a bad time for that.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Halle Berry To Enter The Hive?
Playing a heroic call-centre operator
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

RE: Battle of Britain (1969)
I'll wait and see if anything actually comes of this. So few aviation movies actually get off the ground (pardon the pun). Though there's a fair few airworthy aircraft that could be used (two Spitfire Mk.Is with a third on the way, two Messerschmitt 109Es, Hurricanes), they'll have to do the majority of it in CGI. It would simply cost too much to bring all the potentially available flyers together for a few weeks' worth of shooting. More

Posted by DazDaMan at 12:47 on 07 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Battle of Britain (1969)
It's hardly a remake when it's a depiction of an actual event. Is Titanic a remake of A Night To Remember? Hmm, maybe. Still, I think it's time for another retelling for a new generation. And Towne also wrote Chinatown and The Last Detail remember. More

Posted by sjessep at 18:07 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Battle of Britain (1969)
is a great film, with an excellent cast. I don't see a reason to do a remake yet I see no reason why not. It's a wait and see until production. More

Posted by nybras at 13:37 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
20 Sitcom Spin-Offs That Were Doomed To Fail
From Joey to Ally and back again…

Jessica Chastain Takes The IMDbunker
The Most Violent Year star takes our most random quiz

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

Johnny Depp And Paul Bettany Talk Mortdecai
How good is your 'Mortdecai face'?

Fables: A Primer
An introduction to Bill Willingham’s wonderfully dark fairy-tale world

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

From Mission: Impossible To Mortdecai: Writer/Director David Koepp Talks Screenwriting
What would you do if you were in charge of the Spider-Man franchise?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)