Two astronomers. Separated by only 22 degrees, 58 minutes of latitude, 33 degrees, 29 minutes of longitude, yet seemingly worlds apart. Their common goal: figure out the very nature of the Universe and its womenfolk.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Bouncing Bombs

I heard on the radio this morning that Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings fame) is planning a remake of "The Dambusters". As a Lincolnshire lad, the whole story is somewhat close to my heart (for a long time 617 squadron were based in the county), so the news is most exciting - although I can find no corroboration on the internet.

If true, I'm hopeful that Jackson would do a spectacular, and more importantly *accurate* job. Apparently Mel "screw the English" Gibson wanted to remake the film a while back but was told to whistle by the MoD and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - presumably because he'd have used American actors and generally re-written history. If Jackson gets the go-ahead then maybe us Brits will have some say in how it's made.

A key point of historial accuracy might prove to be a stumbling job for the new film. Those who've seen the original will remember the integral part that Guy Gibson's dog plays in the film. Whilst calling a jet black labrador "Nigger" may have seemed hilarious in the 1940s, I'm not sure it'll go down too well with the modern day film buff.


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