Warner Bros. Pictures and have picked up Bruce C. McKenna’s pitch for a 3D film about the Battle of Midway for Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road to produce reports Deadline.
The four-day battle itself, which took place six months after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, is widely regarded as the most important naval battle in the Pacific during World War 2.
During it, the United States Navy decisively defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy attack against Midway Atoll, sinking four of their aircraft carriers and inflicting damage from which the Japanese never recovered.
McKenna is expected to turn in a script in eight weeks for a film that will likely cost around $200 million, a slightly cheaper price than the HBO mini-series “The Pacific” which McKenna served as co-executive producer and head writer on.
The battle has been portrayed on the big screen twice before – 1942’s John Ford-directed “The Battle of Midway”, and 1976’s “Midway” with Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda.