There’s a lot of interest and controversy at the moment over the military’s use of drones (especially now that the machines are starting to sneak into civilian life). It’s not too surprising the film world is also interested in them, and that includes Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood.
He’s set to helm Eye In The Sky, which Deadline reports has Colin Firth attached to star.
The project has been around for a few year but got trapped in development hell. Now it’s found new life, with eOne coming onboard to back the film.
The film follow a London-based military intelligence officer called Colonel Michelle Madden who is tasked with overseeing a secret mission to capture a group of terrorists in Nairobi. However she realises the targets are about to embark on a suicide mission, which shifts the operation from trying to capture the bad guys to killing them.
American drone pilot Steve Watts is sent in to destroy the safe-house, but he realises that taking it out will also put the life of a nine-year-old-girl at risk. With the volatility of the situation and the possible fallout increasing, Madden passes the mission up the ‘kill chain’ to politicians and lawyers, including the British Foreign secretary. Guy Hibbert wrote the script.
Firth comments, “The use of unmanned aircraft in modern warfare and in the so-called ‘War on Terror’ poses critical questions for us all… I’m pleased to be a part of an exploration into such a crucial issue.”