Re: Hereís some that would sell...
The story of VT 8 at Midway. Fifteen planes and thirty men, all but one of whom go to heroic deaths to change the course of history. A perfect Spielberg movie.
The story of the AYESHA, about the crew members of the SMS EMDEN who managed to escape and sail to Persia and make their way back to Germany.
A remake of the story of the Sullivan brothers with more emphasis on the sinking of the JUNEAU and the horrific loss of life afterwards.
Sink the Bismarck. Or, for that matter, Tora Tora Tora, Pearl Harbor or Midway.
Action sells. Facts are for dusty old historians in college classes.
Sink the Bismarck was edgy, just for the view into the Staff back at HQ.
Ah, so what is wanted is another 'Sink the Bismarck'?
Nearly all the stuff you mention is BORING to the movie going public. They donít give a damn about the ďinnovative ď design of a ship that was built 80 years ago. Treaties? Snore. They donít care about why some Nazi committed suicide or why he chose to scuttle his ship. Intellectual issues have little place in todayís war movies. The bulk of movie goers today were raised with action video games, and if they are going to see a war movie they want ACTION, and lots of it. An apparently inconclusive battle where nothing gets sunk, and the loser scuttles itself is not what the average movie goer wants to see. And thatís important, because producers are in this business to make a profit.
The film Battle of the River Plate, still has the best film line EVERY. Bell Captain of Exeter when signalled if can make the Falklands " Yeoman, add Request permission revise list of spares!!!" Classic British humor
There's been a lot of talk here over the years, about Hollywood war movies. What about one on the DKM Graf Spee?
Here we have an innovative warship design - making for some interesting comment, if done right: a response to terms of the treaties post-WWI (so that war could also be a brief subject), now setting out to strike some of the initial naval blows of what would become the most involved, widespread and vicious war in all history. Most of the world hasn't yet even taken a side, in the conflict. And Graf Spee's raiding at the time being conducted with scrupulous attention to the rescue and safety of the crews and passengers from the merchant ships being looted and sunk.
How many of Graf Spee's rank-and-file crew - or indeed, even her officers - would have had any idea the conflagration which was to follow? And what about going up against the British, and the Royal Navy (a subject handled very interestingly IMHO, for example, in Das Boot).
Then you have the dramatic naval battle itself - bringing HMS Exeter to a very dire pass, as well as a surprisingly effective contribution (indeed, salvation) by "only" a pair of light cruisers - the HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles - employed brilliantly.
And perhaps equally surprising: the flight of Graf Spee to refuge in Montevideo - in the very type of Third World country over which the global powers would ultimately fight, for control. Would Graf Spee be allowed to stay long enough to make sufficient repairs? After all, this was the Americans' "back yard" - and they weren't even in the war, yet: would the New World stand up to the British, even then assembling the Royal Navy to intercept Graf Spee with overwhelming force, whenever she did emerge? What's not absolutely shot-through with drama and even global geo-politics, here?
Then of course the radical decision, and actual execution of blowing up the ship (not to mention potential special-effects bonanza, here).
And more - a captain who committs suicide: what was Langsdorff's thinking, in those final days? Had it changed since the day he first took command?
- Does a Commander end his life out of Honor, after the ignominy of defeat - or is it to avoid the dishonor surely to be visited upon any officer, following such a debacle, returning to a militant and fascist Germany?
- How might a commander have come to feel (whether historically accurate for Langsdorff, or not) about the Nazi regime - and the cost of continued service to it, being extracted from himself, and from his men? (The rank-and-file crew could also weigh in, here.)
- And again, the Road Ahead: just what was Germany seeking to accomplish - and what realistic chance that it would succeed? And again: at what cost, even world-wide?
I can't see what wouldn't fascinate a viewer, in all the above - which actually happened - again, if treated skillfully.*
I submit that the Story of the Graf Spee could make not only for a great anti-war film, but one of the best naval movies,