It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about George Lucas’ upcoming Tuskegee war film Red Tails, but today we’ve got some news. According to FirstShowing, they’re reporting that the producer plans on doing a massive overhaul of the film that already wrapped production back in November. This can’t be a good sign.
Red Tails centers on the the trials and tribulations of the first African American aerial combat unit during WWII. The cast includes an array of actors including Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Cliff Smith a.k.a. Method Man, Kevin Phillips, Rick Otto, Lee Tergesen, Andre Royo , Grammy award winner Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Leslie Odom Jr., and Michael B. Jordan.
Since the movie wrapped last fall it should be in post production but according to Lucas’ partner Rick McCallum, they’re currently toiling over the dailies. They’re trying to figure out what to keep and what to reshoot from director Anthony Hemingway’s original production. It turns out that neither McCallum or Lucas were pleased with his finished product.
Lucas plans on salvaging what he can, then rewriting and reshooting the new material. This doesn’t sound good for Hemingway, who was mostly known for being a TV director before this gig. As a producer, Lucas does have input on what the final product should look like, but if he was going to go this far he might as well directed the film himself.
Do you think Lucas is overeacting? Do you think he can salvage what’s left of the film?