George Lucas Is Radically Re-Shooting Anthony Hemingway’s Tuskegee Airmen Drama RED TAILS

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There was reason to be excited for George Lucas’ next movie, Red Tails.  It didn’t take place in a galaxy far, far away, but in 20th century U.S. history and told the compelling story of America’s first African-American air combat squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen.  Best of all, Lucas didn’t write or direct it.  He was only going to produce.

And then FirstShowing had to go and ruin my day. The site reports that Lucas is unhappy with director Anthony Hemingway’s work (shooting wrapped in November), and is now conducting extensive re-writes in preparation for massive re-shoots.

Hit the jump for details on how Lucas plans to bring his “magic” to this project.

george_lucas_01.jpgAccording to FirstShowing, “Lucas’ producing partner Rick McCallum is said to be pouring over dailies right now, trying to salvage whatever footage they can from Hemingway’s work in order to figure out exactly how much will need to be re-shot.“  That’s terrific, but I imagine that massive re-shoots will involve trying to work around the future projects of stars Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, and Cuba Gooding Jr. (okay, maybe not so much Cuba Gooding Jr).  Additionally, Lucas’s re-writes, “completely change the main characters and their storylines.

George Lucas once knew how to direct, but he was never a great writer.  His passion is technology and as that passion has grown, his approach to storytelling has become cynical and secondary.  And if you think that he was a good writer at one point because he wrote the original Star Wars trilogy, you’re wrong.  Read Laurent Bouzereau’s Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays and you’ll see that Lucas had a lot of help and I doubt he’ll have any creative collaborators in re-working Red Tails.




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  • http://fenfilms.blogspot.com/ Taylor F

    When this movie comes out and it ends up being good, I would hope for a recant on your bashing of Lucas. It's amazing you can make unfounded judgements about a film you haven't even seen. For all you know, it could be a horrible film in need of major fixing. The final cut will tell the true tale. But for now, I'm giving George the benefit of the doubt.

  • Really? Really?!

    Yeah, because George has earned the benefit of the doubt. He's gotten it wrong how many times since LAST CRUSADE? I mean, if you count what he did to the original trilogy, he's gotten it wrong seven times in a row now. Oh hell, why not? Let's give him the benefit of the doubt for an eighth time.

  • http://fenfilms.blogspot.com/ Taylor F

    But in all of the previous examples, Lucas was very strong in the beginning process all the way to the final product. With this film, Lucas was content to be only the producer and from a distance at that. Remember, George is very good with small, self-contained stories that are emotionally and character driven. It's only when he gets outside of that, that things get less than impressive.

  • Dogg

    LMAO, “magic” in quotes. That says it all.

  • James Newton

    I see an awful lot of needless bickering and/or discussion on whether or not to carry out reshooting of “Red Tails.” Everyone needs to remember ONE thing: What really counts is that the eventual release of this motion picture MUST be accurate and complete. Every member of the 332nd Fighter Group must always be remembered as Heroes, though so many are unsung. Furthermore, it will be an insult to their memory legacy if the movie’s production gets caught up in a “who is a better writer, producer, director discussion.” The point I am trying to make here is that this motion picture is about men who rose far above the common, not Hollywood politics and personal agendas.

    STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT!!

  • James Newton

    I see an awful lot of needless bickering and/or discussion on whether or not to carry out reshooting of “Red Tails.” Everyone needs to remember ONE thing: What really counts is that the eventual release of this motion picture MUST be accurate and complete. Every member of the 332nd Fighter Group must always be remembered as Heroes, though so many are unsung. Furthermore, it will be an insult to their memory legacy if the movie’s production gets caught up in a “who is a better writer, producer, director discussion.” The point I am trying to make here is that this motion picture is about men who rose far above the common, not Hollywood politics and personal agendas.

    STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT!!

  • CLAYTON WILLIAMS

    MY NAME IS CLAYTON WILLIAMS,MY UNCLE IS A TUSKEGEE AIRMEN.HE TAUGHT ROSCOE BROWN HOW TO FLY IN FORMATION AND IN COMBAT.HE WAS WITH THE 99TH 100TH AND 332ND FIGHTER GROUP,HE HAS A ME109 TO HIS CREDIT.HE SHOULD BE ADDED TO THIS MOVIE,I HAVE INFORMATION ON HIS CAREER AND PHOTOS ALSO IF NEEDED. THANK YOU. CLAYTON. PHONE#314-243-7972.

  • CLAYTON WILLIAMS

    MY NAME IS CLAYTON WILLIAMS,MY UNCLE IS A TUSKEGEE AIRMEN.HE TAUGHT ROSCOE BROWN HOW TO FLY IN FORMATION AND IN COMBAT.HE WAS WITH THE 99TH 100TH AND 332ND FIGHTER GROUP,HE HAS A ME109 TO HIS CREDIT.HE SHOULD BE ADDED TO THIS MOVIE,I HAVE INFORMATION ON HIS CAREER AND PHOTOS ALSO IF NEEDED. THANK YOU. CLAYTON. PHONE#314-243-7972.

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  • Richie

    I will speak up for Anthony Hemingway. I know he is very talented. I know nothing of the footage of the film, but if he is asked to direct, let him direct.

    • Carli

      @Clayton Williams: The Tuskegee Airmen have a Facebook page and official website. You need to go there to have your uncle included in future events. It is too late for this movie though; it has already been filmed.

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  • Jimmy

    If somebody knows Anthony Hemingway tell him good job on Red Tails…NOW I’m ready to see him get started on a new “Red Ball Express” to hit the Big Screen…I think its wonderful for our youth to start spending less time on how to become a star overnight/reality shows and more time learning more about the amazing history here.. that way it allows those who died to continue to live on!… Gig ‘Em!

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