August 31, 2006

Filmmaker Peter Jackson to remake “Dam Busters”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Lord of the Rings" director Peter
Jackson will remake "The Dam Busters," a classic British war
film about a Royal Air Force mission to cripple the German
steel industry, Universal Pictures said on Thursday.

Jackson will produce the film to be called "Dambusters." It
will be directed by Christian Rivers who won a 2006 Academy
Award for his animation work on Jackson's version of "King

Widely considered one of the most daring missions in aerial
military history, "Dambusters" follows Operation Chastise, a
top-secret RAF mission which aimed to destroy three dams that
were key to the Nazi steel industry.

"This is one of the most remarkable true stories to come
out of World War Two," Jackson said in statement, adding that
many details of the dam raids were still a closely guarded
secret when the first film was made in 1954.

"It has since been declassified by the British government,
making the dynamics of the story even more intriguing."

Jackson said he planned to use state-of-the-art computer
generated visual effects to give new life to the adventures of
the 617 Squadron, a specially chosen group of pilots from
Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

These pilots were sent on a mission in 1943 to fly deep
into well-armed Germany to destroy the dams.

The revolutionary "bouncing" bomb they were to use had to
be dropped from very close range at low altitude. The airmen
were trained for the single, specific mission, and the
potential for success was small.

Universal Pictures, which is part of General Electric Co.
controlled NBC Universal, is making the film in association
with Studiocanal, which is part of French media company
Vivendi's Canal + Group.