Now here’s a book that’s just crying out to become an Academy Award winning film. The upcoming nonfiction book Indestructible: How a Pilot’s Quest to Rescue His Family Changed the Course of the Pacific War, written by John Bruning, seems tailor-made for Oscar. It tells the tale of legendary pilot Paul Gunn. He was an airline pilot who saw his family imprisoned in an Internment camp in the Philippines by the Japanese. He would go on to help the Air Force completely reinvent how war was fought in the air. In a way, this is the alternate take on The Wind Rises, if that makes any sense. Well, the book has been optioned by Sony and will be produced by Mark Gordon, so an adaptation is on its way. With a strong filmmaker and solid actor in the lead role, this could be something special. You can see a bit more below, but the book won’t be out for a few years still, so this is a ways away. Keep an eye on it though.
Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:
Sony has nabbed the film rights to the upcoming WWII nonfiction book Indestructible: How a Pilot’s Quest to Rescue His Family Changed the Course of the Pacific War.
Mark Gordon will produce the project for Sony.
The book, written by John Bruning, follows the story of U.S. Air Force legend Paul “Pappy” Gunn, an airline pilot whose family was imprisoned by the Japanese in the Philippines at the infamous Santo Tomas Internment camp.
During the Pacific War, he was an advisor to the Air Force, helping to reinvent aerial warfare and change the tide of the war in the Allies’ favor.
Michael DeLuca, Rachel O’Connor and Eric Fineman are overseeing for Sony while Drew Simon and Michele Wolkoff are overseeing for The Mark Gordon Company.
Indestructible is slated to hit shelves in 2016 via Hachette Books. Gersh handled the film rights.
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