Lucas stays on target for Red Tails

  • 30 August 2007

George Lucas has locked down John Ridley to pen the script for his long-cherished World War Two fighter pilot drama Red Tails.

Tracing the history of the Tuskagee Airmen who had to battle racism for the right to fight for their country, the movie will follow on from Indiana Jones and the Long Awaited New Instalment on the Lucas to do list.

Ridley penned Undercover Brother and has just completed a draft of Spike Lee’s La Riots picture.

He spoke to Variety about the new project, saying: “These were guys who had to figure everything out for themselves, because military units were completely segregated at the time and there was no seasoned war pilot to teach them. President Roosevelt formed the unit as a publicity stunt because he wanted the black vote for his re-election campaign, but these guys were such skilled pilots that they ended up becoming true heroes by escorting bombers into North Africa and Italy.”

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