Ridley Scott to direct a World War II Movie about the Battle of Britain
The English film director and producer Sir Ridley Scott is going to direct a new ‘Battle of Britain’ movie which is in very early stages at the moment. The production is coming from Scott’s Fox-based Scott Free company along with Safe House Pictures. The famous director, known for movies such as Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and The Martian, has recently completed Alien: Covenant.
The World War II movie appears to be a a passion project for Scott due to the importance of the battle to British and overall war effort. The release date is yet unknown.
Most of you probably know Guy Hamilton‘s ‘Battle of Britain’ classic movie, starring Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Trevor Howard and Curd Jürgens. There is no information if the new movie is going to be a remake of it.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) defended the United Kingdom (UK) against the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) attacks from the end of June 1940. It is described as the first major campaign fought entirely by air forces. The British officially recognize its duration as from 10 July until 31 October 1940, which overlaps with the period of large-scale night attacks known as the Blitz, while German historians do not accept this subdivision and regard it as a campaign lasting from July 1940 to June 1941.
The primary objective of the Nazi German forces was to compel Britain to agree to a negotiated peace settlement. In July 1940, the air and sea blockade began with the Luftwaffe mainly targeting coastal shipping convoys, ports and shipping centres, such as Portsmouth. On 1 August, the Luftwaffe was directed to achieve air superiority over the RAF with the aim of incapacitating RAF Fighter Command; 12 days later, it shifted the attacks to RAF airfields and infrastructure. As the battle progressed, the Luftwaffe also targeted factories involved in aircraft production and strategic infrastructure and, eventually, it employed terror bombing on areas of political significance and civilians.
The German invasion had swiftly overwhelmed continental countries, and Britain now faced the same threat of invasion, but the German high command knew the difficulties of an unprecedented seaborne attack, and its impracticality while the Royal Navy commanded the seas. On 16 July Hitler ordered the preparation of Operation Sea Lion as a potential amphibious and airborne assault on Britain, to follow once the Luftwaffe had air superiority over the UK. In September German preparation of converted barges was disrupted by RAF Bomber Command night raids, and the Luftwaffe failure to overwhelm the RAF forced Hitler to postpone and eventually cancel Operation Sea Lion.
Nazi Germany was unable to sustain daylight raids, but their continued night bombing operations on Britain became known as the Blitz. The failure to destroy Britain’s air defences to force an armistice (or even outright surrender) is considered by Steven Bungay to be the first major defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, and a crucial turning point in the conflict.
The Battle of Britain takes its name from a speech by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons on 18 June: