Overture Films and Echo Lake Prods. will produce the feature “105 Degrees and Rising,” set against the backdrop of the fall of Saigon in 1975.
The story follows several characters struggling to escape the former South Vietnamese capital city (now called Ho Chi Minh City) during the final days of U.S. control as the Vietnam People’s Army overran the city.
The title comes from a secret code broadcast over the radio – The announcement that “the temperature is 105 degrees and rising,” followed by eight bars of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” meant all U.S. citizens should immediately evacuate Saigon.
The evacuation culminated in Operation Frequent Wind, the largest helicopter evacuation in history which saw Americans and many South Vietnamese escape via helicopter from the roof of the American embassy.
Jon Amiel (“Copycat,” “Entrapment”) is attached to direct from a script by William M. Akers. There is no cast attached yet.