Ridley Scott has signed on to direct Battle of Britain, according to a report by Variety.com’s Dave McNary. Matthew Orton is set to write the script.
The titular battle was one of the most decisive ones in the early days of the war, keeping Britain from being overrun by the Nazis. The Nazis were in the process of taking over Europe and tried to overpower the British. The Brits were able to rally and defeat the Germans, keeping themselves in the war while scoring a key victory.
Per Deadline.com’s Diana Lodderhose, “Battle of Britain is in very early stages, but this is a passion project for Scott, who’s been keen to make a film version of what is known as ‘Britain’s finest hour’ for some time.”
This is the first time a film about this battle has been made since 1969’s Battle of Britain starring Michael Caine.
Scott has been working on the upcoming Alien: Covenant, a sequel to Prometheus. He’s also slated to direct Sony’s All the Money in the World, written by David Scarpa.