Warner Bros. to Spend $200 Million on 3-D Epic 'Battle of Midway'

August 30, 2010 07:45:25 GMT

The film, set during World War II, is a pitch from Bruce C. McKenna who previously wrote some episodes of 'The Pacific'.

Warner Bros. to Spend $200 Million on 3-D Epic 'Battle of Midway'
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Warner Bros. Pictures is developing a World War II film, Deadline Hollywood reports. According to the site, the studio has bought "The Battle of Midway", a pitch from Bruce C. McKenna who previously wrote the script for some episodes of HBO's "The Pacific".

Moreover, it is said that Warner Bros. has put the upcoming project on a fast track as McKenna is expected to turn in a script within eight weeks. The movie is rumored to carry a price tag of around $200 million and will be made in 3-D, with Akiva Goldsman serving as producer.

The upcoming epic film will focus on the turning point of the June 4-6, 1942 event and take place six months after the demoralizing surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. "When it was over, the supremacy of the Imperial Japanese Navy was lost along with 4 of its aircraft carriers and 1 heavy cruiser. The Japanese never recovered," Deadline further describes.

The Battle of Midway has been turned into films for several times. In 1942, John Ford directed Oscar-winning "The Battle of Midway" using actual battle footage shot by the Navy. Later in 1976, there was "Midway" starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn and Hal Holbrook.


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posted by Haggis on Jan 25, 2011
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is actually his proper name. If you Colonials are arguing about anything, it least get something right. The Scotsman would turn in his grave laughing. While we are on the subject of making this movie, I wonder how many British actors may be cast. That is if you want the British Ridley Scott to do your American movie!
posted by lalala on Nov 10, 2010
Hopefully it'll be historically and militarily accurate....I don't want to hear all that nonsense about Midway being THE decisive turning point, or that the Japanese would have invaded Hawaii or the West Coast had the U.S. lost the battle.
posted by CHECKSIX on Sep 09, 2010
The Battle of Midway is an epic event in WW2 history. Previous films never really presented a clear story of what happened, and how it adversely effected the Japanese ability to wage war in the Pacific. I just hope they choose a good director. Ridely Scott would do.
posted by TillyMcNutterButty on Sep 08, 2010
Sir Conan Arthur Doyle is and has been dead for a while dude! I'm pretty sure his stories are public domain by now dude.
posted by PubaciousFester on Sep 08, 2010
Maybe People should stop watching bullshit hollywood movies and actually pic up a book and read it. That way less people end up making an uneducated ass of them self on a meaningless move site like mushroomtip did a few posts down.
posted by MikeHawk on Sep 08, 2010
Conan Doyle Wrote Sherlock Holmes, fucking Einstein!
posted by MikeHunt on Sep 08, 2010
Ian Fleming wrote Bond fucking genius!
posted by wingtip on Sep 02, 2010
[quote]Perhaps a remake of Run Silent, Run Deep could be possible using the storyline from the book this time>[/quote] Thats the problem, just as in the bond films. The author sir conan doyle refuses to let any of his bond stories be made into movies. Thus, they are all made up and only the titles are used.... Sometimes you just cant get permission of the authors so the storylines end up being "crafted"....
posted by TheBigHase on Sep 01, 2010
Me personally would also like to see a new movie about the "Bismarck" or the biggest Tank Battle of all time at Prochorovka 1943 - these movies I would suggest! But Midway will be interesting too and if the makers of "The Pacific" are on it it can only be good...
posted by zoomer96 on Aug 30, 2010
This remake of Battle of Midway sounds like a great movie! Hopefully the storyline will concern actual participants and events. Pearl Harbor was a good movie with fantastic special effects but the storyline was flawed. Perhaps a remake of Run Silent, Run Deep could be possible using the storyline from the book this time>

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