Hunger Games Writer Billy Ray Explores Disappearing Airplane Phenomena In Departure

By Nick Venable 2013-05-15 16:36:19discussion comments
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In all forms of modern fiction, there is a fascination with airplanes being involved in mysterious circumstances, from Oceanic Flight 815 in Lost to Stephen Kingís aurora-crossing plan in The Langoliers - and thereís a Bermudaís Triangle full of other relevant examples.

Somewhat surprisingly, writer/director Billy Ray will take on this subject matter for his third feature, directing Good Universeís sci-fi romance Departure, based on an original screenplay he wrote. Rayís previous films were 2007ís politically charged Breach and 2003ís Shattered Glass, a tense drama focused on the Stephen Glass article fabrication, which make a sci-fi romance kind of an unpredictable choice.

According to the press release, Rayís script was inspired by Martin Caidinís 1994 book Ghosts of the Air: True Stories of Aerial Hauntings. A brilliant FAA investigator in Miami obsesses over a 727 that inexplicably disappears, only to reappear in the same spot ten minutes later. Miami becomes a hub of mysterious aircraft activity that takes a personal turn when the investigatorís wife is on one of the planes involved.

Now, when you take into consideration that Ray was a co-writer on last yearís The Hunger Games, 2004ís Suspect Zero and 1997ís Volcano, this project doesnít seem quite as strange. Oh, and remember Flightplan, where Jodie Foster had a mysterious incident on an airplane? Ray co-wrote that, too. He also wrote the scripts for Scorseseís proposed Sinatra biopic and Paul Greengrassí Somali pirate drama Captain Phillips. Letís hope Departure feels as serious as those films probably will.

Good Universe is fast tracking the project and says that casting will begin right away, so wait for that information to appear on Cinema Blend when it happens. No disappearing, either.
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