The Tracking Board has confirmed that Ridley Scott will be directing an UNTITLED BATTLE OF BRITAIN PROJECT for 20th Century Fox, based on a pitch the studio acquired last year by Matthew Orton, who also wrote the post-WWII drama Operation Finale, which recently added Oscar Isaac. Matt Charman, who’s executive producing Eichmann, will also be exec producing this film.
The Battle of Britain was a military campaign from July to October 1940, which saw Britain’s Royal Air Force defending the country against Germany’s Air Force Luftwaffe. The nighttime attacks known as the Blitz, from September 1940 to May 1941, also occurred during this campaign. Germany’s failure to defeat Britain and force a peace negotiation is considered one of the first large-scale wins over the Nazis and Axis power during WWII.
Considered to be a passion project of Scott’s, the film is in early stages, and likely won’t enter development for some time, especially given the various projects lined up for Scott, most recently the John Paul Getty III kidnapping film All the Money in the World. Scott Free and Safe House will produce the film, while Steve Asbell will oversee for the studio.
Coming up, Scott’s next film Alien: Covenant will be released this spring and Blade Runner 2049 and Murder on the Orient Express, which he’s producing, will hit theaters later this year. He’s represented by WME.
Orton, whose spec Operation Finale is currently in development, is also penning the scripts for Reason of State and an untitled sci-fi pitch for MGM. He’s repped by The Agency in the U.K., WME, and Grandview.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor