Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), and Jake Abel (The Host) are set to star in Ghosts of the Pacific, the true story of three WWII Navy flyers cast adrift on the South Pacific in 1942. The feature will be produced by The American Film Company, which specializes in making movies based on true stories from America's past.
Producer and American Film Co. president Brian Falk will be making his directorial debut recounting the incredible journey of pilot Harold Dixon (Dillahunt), bombardier Tony Pastula (Felton), and radioman Gene Aldrich (Abel) - virtual strangers assigned to a scouting mission on January 16, 1942. When they are forced to ditch their plane, the men are left with no food, water, or supplies; only a 4x8-foot yellow life raft to keep them afloat on a dangerous ocean.
Written by Mark David Keegan and Falk, the film is being produced by Falk and Mark Moran (Struck by Lightning, Beautiful Boy). Kurt Graver will co-produce. The American Film Company founder and CEO Joe Ricketts is the Executive Producer.
Here's what Joe Ricketts had to say about the project.
"I've always been attracted to true stories that showcase ordinary people in extraordinary situations. The men in Ghosts of the Pacific faced seemingly insurmountable odds and yet they never gave up. They were America's first heroes of the Pacific war."
Ghosts of the Pacific is scheduled to commence principal photography April 15 at Baja Studios in Rosarito, Mexico. The facility houses the largest outdoor water tank in the world, built for James Cameron's Titanic.