‘Hamilton’ Director Thomas Kail to Helm Film About Female World War II Pilots
Hamilton director Thomas Kail is developing a film about the first U.S. female military pilots. Fox 2000 recently optioned the rights to Katherine Sharp Landdeck’s book The Women With Silver Wings and have enlisted Kail to helm the feature, which will be titled Silver Wings.
The movie will center on World War II’s Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Following the war, the women were denied veterans benefits because the U.S. government initially refused to officially acknowledge their contributions. However, in 2009, they were feted with the Congressional Gold Medal and officially recognized as veterans. It is unclear when the movie will go into production. Kail will also serve as producer on the film, which serves as the 39-year-old’s feature film directorial debut. He previously directed TV movies and shows including Grease Live! and 2 Broke Girls. He also recently teamed up rapper Common to develop 93 Til Infinity. The show will center on an African-American rapper who had successful career in the 1990s, but is now trying to map out where life will lead him next. The rapper reconnects with his Caucasian best friend from middle school, who is also going through a midlife crisis. Common will serve as an executive producer on the project.