‘Hi Christopher it’s the studio here…yeah just stoked about the Dunkirk numbers. You crushed it buddy. So, we’re thinking here about what’s next. I mean not Dunkirk 2 – that would be crazy. But where you might want to go next. We’re thinking maybe The Dambusters here. Everyone loved the planes – so let’s have more of those. And there’s even a dog. What do you think?
So, there’s a stiff upper lip B and W film ripe for re-imagining. Check.
Only really need to see the Germans in long shot. Check. So no tricky subtitles or ‘For you Tommy zee war iz over’ moments. Check. We’re so over all that cheap stereotyping.
Planes. Check. Can we get some Spitfires in again? The Lancaster’s a bit more…utilitarian.
Cross-cutting narratives building to a climactic moment. Ok maybe we need to think a bit more here. So far I’ve got – Guy Gibson in a plane obvs but also:
Barnes Wallis suddenly realises there’s a fatal flaw in the bomb design…but they’ve already left. So can we get him in a Spitfire doing some mid-air crucial repairs while they’re being shot at.
The dog story needs fleshing out – maybe he’s got to save some crucial lady intelligence officer who’s carrying some German codes to be transmitted to the planes. Great – we can get Alan Turing in too. New name for the dog essential.
Hans – lots to go at here. If you slow down the original music by 99% that should work.
Cast of 10,000 looking on – let’s make the control room really, really big. And have a phone link through to Churchill in Parliament.
Your production notes for Christopher’s next WW2 epic please.