The talk of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas taking over direction of his long-gestating WW2 Tuskegee Airmen feature “Red Tails” has proven only partly true it seems.
The other week came a report at First Showing that Lucas and Rick McCallum, who were both producing the flick and had been shepherding it for many years now, were apparently extremely unhappy with the work done by director Anthony Hemingway during principal photography in the second half of last year in Europe.
As a result, Lucas was going to direct extensive reshoots which had been scheduled to kick off shortly. Lucasfilm quickly labelled the reports “inaccurate” and said the reshoots had always been scheduled. The latter was supported by quotes from a piece in December, a month after filming wrapped, at Philip Bloom which talked with McCallum about some of the filming techniques planned for the reshoots that mainly involves the tech-heavy aerial dogfighting sequences.
Now Entertainment Weekly via The Playlist reports that Lucas will take over direction of the reshoots from Hemingway, though Hemingway will have final approval. The reason? Hemingway had already committed himself to direct “Treme”, the New Orleans-set HBO series from “The Wire” creator David Simon.
Is there more than Lucasfilm is telling us? Quite likely. Did the initial online reports over-exaggerate or distort what is a minor hiccup? Almost certainly. For now there’s little more to be added until Hemingway, Lucas or McCallum go on the record and even then, one wonders if we’ll get an accurate statement.