Variety reports that director Ridley Scott is returning to warfare with another project he’s attached himself to with 20th Century Fox’s feature film focusing on WWII’s The Battle of Britain written by Matthew Orton.
The Battle of Britain began on July 10, 1940, as Adolf Hitler’s Nazi air force, the Luftwaffe, bombarded the British Isles through October. British seaports and shipping lanes were the first targets, followed by the Royal Air Force airfields and nightly attacks on London — all in preparation for an amphibious invasion of the British Isles. But the Nazis were unable to overcome British resistance in what was the first major defeat for Germany in the war and the plans for the invasion, dubbed Operation Sea Lion, were scrapped.
We’ve seen Ridley tackle 90’s U.S. military with Black Hawk Down, the Roman legion fighting foreign hordes with The Gladiator, and the Kingdom of Heaven also had a military aspect with the Crusades. But seeing Scott dive into WWII will be an interesting affair.
I think many will try to make the claim that Scott is attempting to copy Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, but Nolan isn’t the first or last filmmaker to cover Britain’s role during WWII.
When exactly the film will begin production is another matter completely, as Ridley is known to attach himself only to focus on something else. It was only a couple weeks ago he was hinting plans to begin filming Alien: Awakening possibly in 2018.