New Dambusters Film Remake By Peter Jackson..

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  1. Maximowitz

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    Not content with Hobbits, Orcs and King Kong, film director Peter Jackson is also producing a remake of the film "Dambusters."

    Dambusters Remake

    I hope that it'll stick to the facts for a change...

    I wasn't sure where to post this, so if the mods feel it is inappropriate here then please move.
     
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    Hope he sticks to the facts too. But hey, he did a good job with King Kong, so there's hope.
     
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    Jackson is a real aviation buff, he has even comissioned and exact flying replica of a Vickers FE.2b gunbus, stunning aerial photos of which were featured recently in an aviation magazine. The screenplay will also be the work of Stephen Fry, so I am confident that story is in good hands.
     
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    Peter Jackson does a good job. Should be a good remake (I hope!).

    The original (1955) will be a tough act to follow.

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    I have read that the original Dambusters movie wasn't quite accurate. Coming up with the idea of how to measure height coming from a theater show (using the convergence of two spotlights) was made up. Also, I think the operation of the bomb (a spinning sphere) was conjecture since it was still top secret at the time.
     
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    I read today that a major sticking point is what they're going to call Gibson's dog...
     
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    In the linked article from the OP David Frost says he has rejected all alternative suggestions and is going to use 'Nigsy' which is a form that was used by Gibson himself.
     
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    That looks like it can be pretty awesome.. Crossing my fingers it is :D
     
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    Should be a good flic. Wonder who they will get to star in it ??

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    I was watching an interview with Les Munro, the last living pilot from the dambusters raids, and in it he confirmed both of these facts. Apparently they spun the bomb up to 500 RPM while inside the aircraft and then dropped it.

    Also, I wouldn't be too worried about Peter Jackson's version being inaccurate, on of the things he's most well-known for is his attention to detail, and, being a huge aviation enthusiast himself, I can almost guarantee you, it will be accurate.
    From Wikipedia:
    From what I have heard through the grapevine, this movie has been a personal dream for him, not driven by the dollar.
     
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    I've heard they are trying to get FM213 over the pond for filming
     
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    I cannot wait!!
     
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    Yeah, I have heard it will be as accurate as possible. Would be good to get the real ones together as there is as has been said only so much CGI can do.

    All in all it should be a good film.
     
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    Looking forward to this one......

    Peter Jackson is apparently the main backer to a new model company called Wingnut Wings producing 1/32 WW I aircraft! Seen one of the kits and it is REAL nice, the instruction sheet is a stunner!....not cheap though.
     
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    Wow! Is he a pilot or a WWII student/model enthusiast.
     
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    I for one am dreading this re-make.

    Original films should left alone as very very few re-makes, even with CGI et al, are as simply good to watch as the first one. The technology that was used on the originals in most cases actually 'makes' the film, along with the acting.

    I would much prefer if new films where made about events that havent yet been put on the big screen.

    On the other hand tho, I do sincerely hope that it is filmed and handled with passion and due respect !.

    I'll add this little gem I found a long time ago (Its been posted on other forums and I have no-idea who the author was...he deserves a beer !). I personaly think its quite funny...could even be made into a film !....

    A major new Hollywood film...

    DAM BUSTERS II or WHO YOU GONNA BOMB?

    Hollywood's authentic story of the Six-Seventeenth Eagle Bomb Squadron Of the Royal British Air Corps.

    THE INTRO....
    It is 1941. Hitler has invaded Europe and England alone fights back Aided by a handful of international volunteers, including GI Gibson (Tom Cruise)an American pilot who had already had a key role in winning the Battle Of Britain.
    Intelligence has identified that the destruction of a giant dam in central Germany is the key to Allied victory.

    THE FIRST RAID....
    A raid on the dam by the British Lan-Casters of the 6-17th is ordered, to be led by its war-weary cockney CO (Michael Caine). The crews are filmed boarding the Confederate Air Force's Liberator.
    A background of sun-drenched Texan prairie substitutes for Scamppington Air Force Base and the East Anglian Fens in January. Colour-enhanced black and white library shots are then used for the Raid - DC-6 engine start, taxiing Halifaxes, Spitfire mass take-off, formation of B24s, Lan-caster at night, bombs dropping from a Mitchell, a B-17 and Focke-Wulf Condor being shot down, the FAA's Boeing 707 crashing in flames. As with all US aviation films since the invention of "talkies", the aircraft soundtrack consists only of the roar of Pratt Whitney radial engines, specially recorded during a Harvard mass flypast at the annual Oshkosh air show.

    But the raid is a failure, and only GI and his crew survive to try again. Danny De Vito plays the part of the bomb aimer.

    THE WEAPON....

    After the disastrous first dam raid, it is obvious a new type of weapon Is needed. By chance Barn S. Wallace (Morgan Freeman), the leading US scientist And aviation expert, is in London explaining his invention of the jet engine to an unknown British engineer, Frank V. Tel. Thinking back to his childhood, Barn remembers skimming rocks across a Lake in native New Hampshire, and quickly comes up with a design for a Bouncing bomb - but it is too large for any British aircraft to carry.

    THE AIRCRAFT....

    Fortunately, Wallace has brought with him to England the only example of his latest bomber design, the B-29. Cut to the CAF's B-29, painted gloss caramel and vivid green with French roundels, being pulled from its Hangar at Midland, TX, so that GI and his crew can test fly the new bouncing munition over the neighbouring Scotland, and prepare for the raid.

    THE RAID....

    Shots of Cruise and gang boarding the B-29, plus take-off shots over The American Midwest. Then computer-generated images for outbound flight, the final - and successful - bombing run using the last remaining weapon on board, and the dogfights on the return leg.

    Throughout, the standard CGI conventions are used. All WW2 single-seat fighters fly at a minimum Mach 0.9 in +7g manoeuvres, while any multi-engine aeroplane drones along straight and level at 130 kt.

    THE COMMAND CENTER....

    In a map-encrusted bunker, Barn waits tensely for the results of the raid.
    Although the news is of success, he starts to become saddened by the loss of aircrew involved. But, just at that moment, a well-spoken Home Counties WAAF officer (Catherine Zeta Jones) in a starched Virginia McKenna military blouse appears, bearing a tray of Starbucks mugs. She utters that immortal line - "Cocoa Latte, Sir?" - and all is well.
    Information comes in that the flooding from the broken dam has flooded Hitler's bunker (clip fromChaplin as the Great Dictator), thwarting the launch of a new V3 rocket aimed at the Summit Conference being held in buckingham Palace, London, England.
    The water also slows the Russian advance, allowing Patton (Harrison
    Ford) to capture Berlin and Eastern Germany for the Allies.

    THE LANDFALL....

    Meanwhile, with three engines blazing and feathered, Gibson and the surviving crew nurse the crippled B-29 back across the Channel. They just manage to climb over the White Cliffs of Dover to see in the Near distance the welcoming runway lights of their Lincolnshire airfield. Having studied brain surgery before joining up, the B-29's chirpy Australian assistant cook (Kylie Minogue) saves the lives of injured crew members as the bomber belly-lands onto its home base. It slides to a halt a few Feet from the control tower, where Winston Churchill (Dan Ackroyd) watches proudly.

    Also in the scene, in a technology enhancement, is Ronnie Reagan on his horse Trigger.

    THE FINALE....

    GI stands framed by the blazing wreckage of a redundant Fokker Friendship airliner bought especially for this scene. Since a wholesome happy ending is mandatory in today's commercial cinema, in a final shot he is joined by "Native-African-American", his loyal dog. Despite the pair of Artificial legs and prosthetic tail fitted after being injured in three major road accidents on the Great North Road during his master's absence, the Labrador bounds joyfully into the sunset with some dame called Vera Lynn singing about the White Cliffs
     
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    Superb! With a special guest appearance by Arnold Schwarznegger as Bomber Harris.
     
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    Brilliant Gary!
     
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    Pretty funny story, but hopefully Peter Jackson will try to be true to the story better.
     
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