World War II is a hugely popular source for film and television material, and 2017 will certainly be seeing its fair share of war films. Now, British director Ridley Scott is planning to get in on the action.
It isn't as though Scott doesn't have enough on his plate - quite the contrary. The Alien: Covenant director has more films planned for the Alien franchise, his film All The Money In The World about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty, and an adaptation of of Don Wislow's novel The Cartel to keep him busy for now, as well as a long list over other TV and film projects.
But Scott is eager to add this to his list - the film is described as a 'passion project' in the latest Deadline report. 20th Century Fox bought the project last year, and on board currently are Matthew Orton to write the screenplay and Bridge of Spies writer and Orton's mentor Matt Charman as executive producer. The Battle of Britain, which hasn't been covered in film since 1969, saw the Royal Air Force defending Britain against German Luftwaffe attacks in 1940, and is considered the first battle ever fought entirely by air forces.
Scott isn't the only director with a World War II film in the works at the moment: this year will see two Winston Churchill dramas and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, based on the evacuation of Allied forces from the Dunkirk beaches, will be released later this year.
As far as Scott's projects go, you can see his latest film Alien: Covenant in cinemas from 12 May.