It’s been more than a year since we heard about Departure, but it appears as though a lot has happened in that time. Billy Ray is no longer attached to direct the film (though his screenwriting credit remains intact), instead David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me) will take the helm. The story for this one sounds kind of spooky and cool, almost like a Twilight Zone episode, and concerns aviation anomalies.
Ray will also produce the film alongside Joe Drake, Nathan Kahane, John Middleton and Roy Lee for Good Universe. The film is said to be a sci-fi romance, but I’m hoping it leans more on the former genre with this concept. Hit the jump for more on Departure.
Based on true stories of documented but never-explained avionic phenomenon, DEPARTURE follows a brilliant man in 1973 Miami investigating how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to transpire with increasing frequency in the skies, the investigation becomes personal when the love of his life is on one of the planes affected.
The story is inspired by the book “Ghosts of the Air” by Martin Caidin, which documents real accounts from pilots who have experienced flight anomalies.
As someone who is intermittently comfortable and terrified while flying, I could see myself getting fairly invested in this. I don’t really think of Frankel as a thriller guy, but I certainly don’t hate The Devil Wears Prada or Marley and Me, as unhip as they may seem. I imagine he’ll be able to pull something like this off.