Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey are set to star together in a new action film. THR reports that the trio will star in the all CG 3D film titled Thunder Runfor Freedom Films. Simon West will direct the adaptation of the novel Thunder Run - The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad, by Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent David Zucchino and Mark Bowden. The script was co-written by Robert Port and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down).
Thunder Road will retell the story of "the capture of Baghdad by American forces at the start of the Iraq War in 2003. The three-day assault was referred as a “lightning strike” or “thunder run.” The producers want to paint “the harrowing picture of the soldiers on the front lines and the realities of modern warfare.”
Proprietary facial-capture and motion capture technology will be used for the film from the Graphic Film Company. They used the same tech on West’s upcoming Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D movie. The stars will mainly do voicework and green-screen aspects of the film.
Freedom Films’ Brian Presley (who is producing) had the following to say in a statement:
“What we capture in our cameras will be them,” Presley told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’ll have a stylized effect to it but we are shooting them. We’re not ageing them down like Jeff Bridges in Tron Legacy, it’ll be them for two hours in a highly intense tank battle.
“The scope of the movie is going to feel huge and thegoal is to appeal to the Call of Duty world. It’s not going to have a video game world feel but to have a stylized look to it.
"We’re locked and loaded and will shoot next year."
The story sounds cool. It will be interesting to see the technology in action. What are your thoughts?