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Ridley Scott to direct Battle of Britain movie


Story by Jack Foley

RIDLEY Scott is to direct a Second World War film about the Battle of Britain, which is also a long-held passion project.

According to Deadline, Twentieth Century Fox has lined up the director to helm the film, which will be written by Matthew Orton, a British screenwriter, who also has a film in production about the attempts to track down the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

The Battle of Britain was the key aerial WWII battle that saw the Royal Air Force, led by the iconic Spitfire, defend the country from German Luftwaffe attacks in 1940.

It has previously been the focus of a film in 1969’s Battle of Britain, which starred Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer and Michael Caine.

Scott has recently completed filming Alien: Covenant, the second prequel of his Alien franchise, which is due in cinemas in May.

He is also attached to direct two other films: a work based on the kidnapping of John Paul Getty and an adaptation of Don Winslow’s crime novel The Cartel.

He is also producing a number of other works for TV and film, including a Navy SEAL drama starring Tom Hardy.

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