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Ridley Scott to direct Battle of Britain historical epic for Fox

04.03.2017

Ridley Scott Battle of Britain

Man, that Ridley Scott just loves to work. The prolific director already has quite a few projects on his slate and according to Deadline, he's about to add one more. The outlet reports that Ridley Scott is planning to direct a project for 20th Century Fox centered on the Battle of Britain, a military campaign of the Second World War in which the Royal Air Force fought off a series of attacks against the United Kingdom by the Luftwaffe.

The upcoming project will be penned by Matthew Orton, who scripted OPERATION FINALE which recently snagged Oscar Isaac to star, but it is apparently still in the very early stages. Deadline states that this is a "passion project" for Ridley Scott, who has apparently been eager to tackle the epic story for quite some time. The battle was seen as one of the first major defeats for Nazi Germany in World War Two as well as one of the first campaigns fought entirely by air forces. I'm a sucker for a good WWII flick, and when you combine large-scale air force battles and Ridley Scott, I'm most certainly on-board.

No word yet on when Ridley Scott might tackle this Battle of Britain film, but it likely won't be for a while. Scott is currently preparing to shoot ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, a drama about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, as well as THE CARTEL, an adaptation of the bestselling novel by Don Winslow about a corrupt NYPD detective. Scott also seems keen on expanding the ALIEN franchise further as he recently teased a sequel to the upcoming ALIEN: COVENANT as well as a further trilogy of ALIEN movies. Like I said, the man likes to work.

ALIEN: COVENANT is set for a May 19, 2017 release.

Source: Deadline

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