A World War II movie in 3D? What could possibly be wrong with that? It’s not as if a real life battle that changed the course of a world war, and possible of all humanity, is exciting enough for the kids, you have to throw in a gimmick bullshit like 3D to pack them in. Right? James Cameron is rolling in his grave right now.
Apparently that’s the idea behind Warner Bros.’ latest stab at WWII Pacific glory aka “The Battle of Midway”, a pitch from Bruce C. McKenna, one of he producers and writers on HBO’s recent “The Pacific” mini-series, which experts are predicting will sweep the Emmy’s mini-series category in the upcoming telecast.
The real Battle of Midway took place on June 4 to June 7 in 1942, six months after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and marked a turning point for the war in the Pacific. The then-believed invincible Japanese Imperial Navy lost four of its carriers and a heavy cruiser (to the American’s one carrier and destroyer) in the attack on Midway Atoll, and never recovered from their heavy losses. Historians have called it “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.”
All that, and 3D, too. Joy.
Akiva Goldsman will produce for Warner, with the budget projected at around $200 million .
By the way, if you’re a fan HBO’s “The Pacific”, I recommend picking up E.B. Sledge’s “With the Old Breed”, his WWII memoir from which at least half of “The Pacific” was based on. It’s a simply fantastic read, and a great companion to the mini-series.