Official "Red Tails" Discussion Thread

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  1. Lord_Of_Sith Jedi Knight

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    This is a thread for discussing George Lucas's WWII epic "Red Tails". I believe this could be his greatest film of all time and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival!

    GL on "Redtails": "It's a story of African-American fighter pilots. They were the best - the only escorts in World War Two that never lost a bomber. It's pretty inspiring."

    The pilots referred to by GL are the Tuskegee Airmen. From Wikipedia: "The Tuskegee Airmen was the popular name of a group of African American pilots who flew with distinction for the United States Army Air Corps during World War II."

    I'll be posting whatever info I can find on the Tuskegee Airmen and on the "Redtails" project in this Thread. Please add your own info, movie speculation or updates!

    Rick McCallum from the March 2006 online edition of Empire Magazine: But where does this leave Lucas?s long-cherished World War II fighter pilots film Red Tails? ?We?re working on Red Tails right now. George is writing the script as we speak. He?s just finished the Indiana Jones script, and Steven?s having that rewritten and a few things done. And then we start hopefully in October or November looking for another writer for Red Tails when George puts together his ideas of what he wants it to be. Then hopefully next year we?ll start on that.?

    GL started interviewing the surviving pilots personally, and recording the conversations on video with a small crew, in January 2006. Maybe they'll be used on the eventual DVD?

    IMO the "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" television series was GL's greatest achivement. He has a real feeling for history and a unique way of presenting it. Acting as executive producer, hiring a serious screewnwriter to polish his first draft, and a truly talented director to helm the picture, with ILM at his disposal (imagine the battle scenes they could cook up with GL's input!), "Red Tails" could well be the ultimate George Lucas movie!

    Ideal lineup:
    George Lucas: Story & Executive Producer
    Rick McCallum: Producer
    1st Choice - Spike Lee: Director
    2nd Choice - Anthony Minghella: Director
    William Monahan: Screenplay

    Cast should include: Samuel Jackson and Laurence Fishburne.

    More to come. Post your own thoughts & info!
  2. Lord_Of_Sith Jedi Knight

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    I picked up the book "Red Tails, Black Wings" by John Holway today.

    I'm also going to rent the HBO telemovie "Tuskegee Airmen" asap.

    I welcome any WWII aviation buffs to share their knowledge in this thread!
  3. WEEBACCA Jedi Master

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    IMDB.com states that Lucas is going to direct it himself. Anyone know if this is true?

    I agree that Red Tails will be an exciting movie to look forward to! :)
  4. malducin Jedi Master

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    IMDB is notorious for erroneous info when projects are at the earliest stages of development. I remember the original T3 info that listed Cameron, and both ILM and Digital Domain working on the film. Didn't McCallum say recently that probably someone else was going to direct it?

    For those with Hyperspace access, they recently posted one of those Lucasfilm magazine issues that included an article of Red Tails when it was in development (1990 or 1991).
  5. WEEBACCA Jedi Master

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    The strange thing is that until recently IMDB.com only credited Lucas as the producer of RED TAILS, but now they have credited him as director as well.
    That's why I was wondering if anyone knows if Lucas himself has said that he will also be directing (thus making IMDB change their info)?

    IMDB are known to make mistakes. They still have the pop band a-ha credited as musicians on the Da Vinci Code, even if they've been made aware of their mistake several times...
  6. Pukemaster Jedi Knight

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    I don't know, but he should definitly direct Red Tails himself - because he is the best director ever. Period! If he makes someone else direct it then I'm gonna puke!

  7. Lord_Of_Sith Jedi Knight

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    I'm halfway through the Redtails book.

    There's certainly plenty of material here for memorable characters, moving drama and HUGE action sequences...
  8. G-FETT Chosen One

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    Could this be George Lucas's shot at Oscar Glory? It certainly sounds like the sort of historical, inspirational picture they tend to go with - I guess it just depends how well its done.
  9. ShaneP Ex-Mod Officio

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    G-FETT
    I guess it just depends how well its done.

    And that's the 100 million dollar question.
  10. Jedi_Ford_Prefect Force Ghost

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    Lucas directing Red Tails sounds possible. I'd love to see him shooting dog-fights again.
  11. Lord_Of_Sith Jedi Knight

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    While I'd love to see a Lucas-directed Redtails, I think he's just producing it. But hey, he likes to change his mind, so who knows?

    I agree - this could be George's "Best Picture" win...
  12. WEEBACCA Jedi Master

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    If he's only the Executive Producer he won't be nominated for Best Picture.
    So let's hope he directs it as well since it's time for a new Best Director nomination for Lucas! :)
  13. Darthsuggs Force Ghost

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    Yeah I want to see George diret a non-Star wars film again.
  14. Jedi_Ford_Prefect Force Ghost

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    Actually, he'd have to be credited as a "Producer" to be elligible for a Best Picture award. Directors only recieve Best Director statuettes. Executive Producers don't get a damn thing.
  15. WEEBACCA Jedi Master

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    That's exactly what I said! ;)

    Since Lucas always credits himself as Executive Producer (I doubt he'll change that now) he will not be able to recieve a Best Picture Oscar.
    That's just one more reason why he should direct it as well thus giving him a shot at the Best Director Oscar. Plus it would be great seeing Lucas direct something non-SW again.
  16. zombie Force Ghost

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    I've been waiting to see Lucas make all these non-Star Wars, non-Indiana Jones films he's been talking about since 1983. This project sounds interesting but his involvement seems fairly little, other than setting up the general premise of the film. Why doesn't Lucas actually attempt making a real film? I don't get it.
  17. CuppaJoe Force Ghost

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    He should definetely direct it, but not write it.

    This does seem like it could be his kinda film. Should be good.
  18. WEEBACCA Jedi Master

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    I too wish that Lucas would start making all those smaller movies that he has been talking about making. I think he really ought get around to it now. :(
  19. SweiitConcorkill Jedi Youngling

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    If his next two projects are Indy and Tails, he will not get around to smaller projects for at least 3-years. Plus, he is going to direct the first season of the live action TV show... the man will be 70 by the time he gets around to doing anything else.
  20. WEEBACCA Jedi Master

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    Is it officially confirmed that Lucas will direct the first season himself, and even the entire season?
  21. SweiitConcorkill Jedi Youngling

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    I just confirmed it.
  22. WEEBACCA Jedi Master

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    It's official then. :p
  23. Lord_Of_Sith Jedi Knight

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    I'm glad to see that this thread is still alive! I've done quite a bit of research & reading on the Red Tails over the summer - it;s just a matter of finding time to post it :)

    This could really be an outstanding epic. And it's been locked (for the moment at least) as coming after Indy4!
  24. SweiitConcorkill Jedi Youngling

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    Exactly.
  25. SweiitConcorkill Jedi Youngling

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    At this rate, they could go into pre-production, then production, then post-production, and then release before Indy 4 ever sees a set.
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