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Red Tails
Directed by Anthony Hemingway George Lucas
Produced by Rick McCallum
Charles Floyd Johnson
Written by Screenplay:
John Ridley
George Lucas
Starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
Terrence Howard
Bryan Cranston
Nate Parker
David Oyelowo
Tristan Wilds
Method Man
Cinematography John B. Aronson
Studio Lucasfilm
Distributed by Partnership Pictures[1]
Release date(s) 2010 (2010)
Country United States
Budget $25-35 million[2][3]

Red Tails is an upcoming 2010 film directed by Anthony Hemingway, from a script by John Ridley and story by executive producer George Lucas.[4] It is based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American combat pilots during World War II.[5]



"1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once -- one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base -- leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills -- while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings. Until now.
As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight -- a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses -- Easy's pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy -- and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long."[5]


The following have been confirmed by Lucasfilm:[5]


George Lucas began developing Red Tails in 1990, though he had had the idea in mind for several years before.[9] John Ridley was hired in 2007 to write the screenplay,[10] and Anthony Hemingway was chosen to direct in 2008.[11] Prior to this, Lucas had had discussions with Samuel L. Jackson regarding Jackson possibly directing and acting in the film. Although Jackson praised the script, he did not commit to either role.[4]

Production began in March 2009, with principal photography taking place in the Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia and England.[3] High definition digital Sony F35 cameras were primarily used for filming.[12] In March 2010, Lucas took over direction of reshoots, as Hemingway was busy working on episodes of the HBO series Treme. Hemingway will have final approval over the footage.[13]


  1. ^ Partnership Pictures official site
  2. ^ Rousek, Leos "Czech movie industry loses business to Hungary" The Australian 24 July 2009.
  3. ^ a b Fernandez, Jay A. "Director picked for Lucasfilm project" Hollywood Reporter 30 September 2008.
  4. ^ a b Vejvoda, Jim. "Jackson Eyeing Red Tails." IGN, 18 August 2008. Retrieved: 25 August 2008.
  5. ^ a b c "Red Tails Finishes Casting and Begins Production", 6 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Method Man Talks 'Red Tails' & 'How High 2'", 24 August 2009
  7. ^ Gregg Kilday (2009-04-28). "Gerald McRaney enlists in 'Red Tails'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (2009-04-06). "George Lucas' 'Red Tails' adds trio". Variety. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  9. ^ Dutka, Elaine "Lucas' Next Movie: Tuskegee Airmen" Los Angeles Times, 11 August 1990.
  10. ^ Fleming, Michael. "Lucas taps Ridley to write 'Tails'" Variety, 27 August 2007.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave. "Hemingway to helm 'Red Tails'" Variety, 30 September 2008.
  12. ^ Bloom, Phillip "The tale of Lucasfilm, Skywalker Ranch, Red Tails, Star Wars and Canon DSLRs on a 40 foot screen!" 12 December 2009.
  13. ^ Sperling, Nicole, "After 5 years, George Lucas is directing again" Entertainment Weekly #1092 5 March 2010.

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