The Few - forthcoming film?

Discussion in 'Books and Films' started by Kyt, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    The Few is a Second World War drama that Tom Cruise is tentatively slated to star in. It focuses on American pilot Billy Fiske's tenacity at disregarding the USA's then-neutrality in the war and flying Hurricanes against the Germans. John Logan is writing the screenplay, based on the book by Alex Kershaw, but the production might run into problems after Paramount Pictures very recently - and very publicly - severed all ties with Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner. Whether the project will move to another studio or whether Cruise will now be forced to drop out remains unseen.

    Billy Fiske
  2. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    Actually I started this thread because I needed an excuse to post this wonderful article:

    Cinema: Hollywood updates history of Battle of Britain: Tom Cruise
    (originally from Independent on Sunday, The, Apr 11, 2004 by Cole Moreton but can't access it on their site)​

  3. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    On one hand they have messed with history, on the other they have rejuvenated some interest to the younger generation of whom "sadly", a greater percentage believe what they see.
  4. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    You'd like to think that, despite what Hollywood is looking like doing to this small story, whatever the film becomes the younger people, who have their interests aroused and are technologically savvy, will hop on the net and do some research to find out more. Even just one or two may delve deeper and keep the history alive.
  5. morse1001

    morse1001 Guest

    In some ways, youare correct, there will a minority who will feel the desire to read up on the subject and might find a interest or have their preceptions of the war changed. But sadly, most peple will be talking about the great CGI effects with BF109s and He111s after a few shots from the .303 of the spitfire flown by Biily Fiske!
  6. spidge

    spidge Active Member

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  8. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    I was getting ready to add Billy Fiske to the Sportsmen who died in the war on the other site ... when I realised he should be here !!

    In Memory of

    78092, 601 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    who died
    on 17 August 1940
    Born in the U.S.A. One of only two Americans who died in the Battle of Britain. On 4th July, 1941 the Secretary of State for Air, Sir Archibald Sinclair, unveiled a Memorial Plaque to Fiske, in the crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral. .
    Remembered with honour

    Fiske was one of seven US pilots in the Battle of Britain although due to the neutrality of the United States he pretended to be a Canadian - toboggan gold medallist in the 1932 Olympics, he was the first American airman to fly with the RAF (UK) in 1939. On 16 August 1940 after a 15 minute fight in the Battle of Britain that destroyed eight Stuka dive bombers, Fiske's hands and ankles were burnt after a German gunner put a bullet through Fiske’s fuel tank.Although Fiske landed the plane safely (one source identifies a crash at Bognor Regis), his fuel tank exploded on the ground He died soon afterwards aged just 29 years

    William Fiske (1911 - 1940) - Find A Grave Memorial

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