*The remarkable story of the Tuskegee Airmen was ably covered in a serviceable 1995 movie for HBO, but we’re excited for this feature film adaptation. It’s fertile ground to cover. For those not familiar with the story, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of black aviators to ever fight for the American military, overcoming racial biases and segregation to serve with distinction as bomber escorts during WWII.
The “Red Tails” of the movie’s title comes from the distinctive painting on the pilots’ planes. The pedigree of the movie is one suited for the subject matter – starting right at the top with George Lucas. Say what you will about the quality of the last few Star Wars films, Lucas adds an element of Hollywood star power that will get the project noticed. Behind the camera is Anthony Hemingway, the veteran of some of The Wire’s best episodes; in front of it is a strong cast, including Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Bryan Cranston and Wire veterans Michael B. Jordan, Andre Royo and Tristan Wilds. That’s not to mention Aaron McGruder co-writing the screenplay and Terence Blanchard composing the music.
All the elements are there for a rousing, stand-up-and-cheer historical drama about a worthy subject. Let’s hope some of the more troubling reports out of the set (http://www.slashfilm.com/george-lucas-directing-massive-red-tails-reshoots/) prove to be inaccurate, and the Airmen get the movie they deserve.
Here’s a link to the production’s IMDB page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0485985), which features a rather gripping one-sheet (http://www.imdb.com/media/rm632994816/tt0485985) and an excellent trailer (http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3239156761/)