"Flying Tigers" is based on the volunteer fighter squadron formed to help the Chinese fight the Japanese before the U.S. entered World War II.
Tom Cruise will take to the skies in a possible battle of two aerial movies with his upcoming Flying Tigers, which features the same subject matter and title as John Woo and Terence Chang's own Flying Tigers.
Deadline New York reports that Tom Cruise is teaming up with New Regency and Fox for the project. The studios have hired Kirk Ellis to rewrite the original script by Christopher McQuarrie, which focuses on a squadron of World War II Japanese fighter pilots who are trained by an American, General Claire Chennault. The site's story indicates that Tom Cruise has always wanted to portray a fighter pilot.Read More
IMAX Corporation today announced that internationally acclaimed director John Woo and producer Terence Chang's next film, the action epic Flying Tigers, is set to be digitally re-mastered into The IMAX Experience. Woo and Chang are the director/producer team behind Mission: Impossible 2, Face/Off, Red Cliff 1 & 2 and many other international blockbusters. Upon being green lit for production, the film would mark an important new filmmaker relationship for IMAX and would be the second announced Chinese film to be released in IMAX's format. Flying Tigers will be a Hollywood-China joint production with China Film Group as the lead Chinese financier, and shooting is expected to begin in spring 2011.
Flying Tigers tells the story of the American Volunteer Group and its later incarnation as the Fourteenth Air Force during World War II. Led by the colorful Air Force General Claire Chennault, the joint air force consisting of American and Chinese pilots flying side-by-side racked up one of the most lopsided victories in aerial combat history against the Empire of Japan.Read More
Director John Woo is interested in actor Liam Neeson for his upcoming IMAX film Flying Tigers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It was also said that Woo wants a younger Chinese actor for the role of a young pilot trainee, with the director mentioning Ye Liu (City of Life and Death) as a possibility for the role.Read More