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Greengrass Drops Watchmen for Flight 93

Published August 16, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures
Paul Greengrass Paul Greengrass on set of The Bourne Supremacy
This is probably going to come as bad news for some, but Paul Greengrass, the same guy who has been working his ass off to pitch Watchmen to various studios, has recently dropped all his current projects to helm the Universal 9-11 film Flight 93.

Flight 93 Piloted by Greengrass


According to Variety, Paul Greengrass has been offered a relatively low budget of $15 million to create a 90-minute film that will feature the story to Flight 93 in real time, with all details covered from take off to the crash in Pennsylvania. Yes, Flight 93 was the flight that was brought down by its own passengers while they attempted to recover the plane; they did so after hearing reports through their cell phones that hijacked planes had already been rammed into the World Trade Center Towers.

Even though the budget may seem a little low for a film such as this, Paul Greengrass has no worries. Planning on shooting the film with various cameras, including handheld, Greengrass wants to create the gritty feel as if we were actually on board Flight 93. Greengrass has had experience with the Flight 93 genre with films such as Bloody Sunday.



Now that Universal has picked up Greengrass to do Flight 93, Oliver Stone once again faces competition from a similar story. Stone is currently working with Nicolas Cage on a 9-11 film that will tell the story from the ground, as Cage, a Port Authority cop, will be stuck under the rubble of one of the Trade Center towers.

As of now, say goodbye to Watchmen, which is now on an extended vacation.

Stay tuned for updates.


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