Newsbites: The war movie edition!

Newsbites: The war movie edition! April 9, 2009

1. Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. have joined the cast of Red Tails, the George Lucas-produced World War II movie based, however loosely, on “the first all-black aerial combat unit”. This is at least the second time Gooding has been involved with a film on this subject; in 1995, he co-starred with Laurence Fishburne and others in a TV-movie called The Tuskegee Airmen. —, Variety (x2), Hollywood Reporter, Associated Press

2. Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have bought the screen rights to Horse Soldiers, an upcoming book about “a band of elite special forces and CIA operatives who secretly invaded Afghanistan post-9/11 on horseback and helped Afghan fighters capture the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and topple the Taliban.” This would not be the first time Bruckheimer, best known for his action and fantasy movies, has tackled this sort of subject matter; he previously produced Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001; my review) and acquired the film rights to a magazine article on ‘Jihadists in Paradise‘. — Variety

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