Can Hollywood make a good movie about Iraq?




 
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December 18th, 2004  
Duty Honor Country
 
 

Topic: Can Hollywood make a good movie about Iraq?


Harrison Ford may lead charge in Falluja movie

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Producers at Universal Pictures are developing what would be Hollywood's first feature film about the war in Iraq, with actor Harrison Ford ready to portray a U.S. general in the movie, the studio said on Friday.

The combat drama would be based on the upcoming book "No True Glory," an account of the battle for Falluja by Bing West, a Marine veteran and former U.S. assistant defense secretary now covering the war as a foreign correspondent, a studio spokesman said.

A Universal-based production company, Double Features, recently optioned movie rights to the book, which will be adapted by West and his son, Owen, a veteran Marine rifleman. The book is due out in May from Bantam, a unit of the Random House publishing company.

Although Ford, 62, is "attached" to the project -- Hollywood parlance for a loose commitment to star in the film if it gets made -- he is not under contract, the studio said. And Universal has only given the go-ahead for development of a screenplay. No money has been earmarked for production yet.
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with all the anti war reteric going on in Hollywood, can they make a good movie about Iraq?
December 18th, 2004  
EagleZtrike
 
 
Well that movie would suck. Nothing special happened in Iraq. No one would think it was heroics either because they got invaded for no reason.

The only recent time good war movie that actually had meaning was Black Hawk Down
December 18th, 2004  
devilwasp
 
What about behind enemy lines?
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December 18th, 2004  
Chocobo_Blitzer
 
Can they produce a good movie about Iraq? Probably not, they will probably pack as much anti-war stuff as they can. The point would probably be:

"war is bad, this is bad, look how bad it is, see we told you"

eh who knows, but I'm surprised they're trying to sell tickets off of it so soon. But then look at all the WWII movies back in the day.
December 18th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
That was a decent action flick but nothing along the lines of Black Hawk Down which really set the new standard.

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Originally Posted by devilwasp
What about behind enemy lines?
December 19th, 2004  
Kane
 
A movie about the war in Iraq....hmmm....if only they depict the lives of Iraqi ordinary civilians and Coalition troops.
December 19th, 2004  
rocco
 
the following are my ideas for war movies:

Vietnam, a story about soilders with Dog's... i saw a great documentary on this, and there could be an awesome movie... would be a good character build-up in the movie, from when the soilder is assigned to the dog how they form a bond, these dogs actually saved lives, and the movie could show it, to the point where the US left vietnam, and left all the dogs... but here is where the interesting part lies... the soilder could go back and free the dog that saved his life (the troops were not allowed to take the dogs, in the documentary you see the soilders cry because they had to leave their dog, very emotional). that would be the general story, throw in lots of vietnam action in the form of patrols (would be great action, because thew dogs and their care takers were main targets, and even had bounties on their heads...)

another story, could be based on the book "dawn of war" by howard blum, which is about the Yom Kippur war. it could be based on two real life friends. yossi and shmulik... their story is great that hollywood wouldnt need to change anything... imagine this one scene, where 7 tanks fend of hundreds... and every one of the 7 tanks is destroyed, but the commander escaped by flying out of his cupola when both his tank and the enemy tank hit each other at the same time.
that book is amazing, the stories in there are simply made for hollywood.

could also try some sort of story of a CIA agent who fights along side the kurds in afghanistan. small skirmishes and battles, but could be made interesting with the right storyline...

i agree with BHD being an awesome movie... i like as much realism as possible though. and thus would prefer people who fit the parts rather than big name actors. except for the first idea, where i would recommend tom hanks, only he could play such a part successfully as saving private ryan prooved.
December 19th, 2004  
Locke
 
 
yikes geez
i recognise some peoples need for patriotic material in order to feel good but geez, the fighting is still going

my vote: straight to video!!
December 19th, 2004  
EagleZtrike
 
 
They've really ran out of ideas for war movies. I havn't seen a war movie in quite some time since Tears of the Sun
December 19th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
I think that historically accurate movies should be encouraged. Why? Because it motivates people to go and read about it.
I think they should make a movie about the killings in Rwanda... not just from a small point of view of a hotel owner, but including what was going on with the Peacekeepers... I think especially with the events of the peacekeepers. I don't think it'll have a problem with finding an audience... I think most war movies which are made with a decent budget get good viewings.