William Wisher has been set by 20th Century Fox to get “Escape of The Pacific Clipper” off the tarmac.
Wisher (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”) will script and produce a fact-based adventure about a race to get a Boeing B-314 back from New Zealand after the attack on Pearl Harbor in WWII.
Wisher did uncredited writing work for Fox on “Die Hard with a Vengeance” and “Live Free or Die Hard” and he is an executive producer on the latter. He most recently scripted “Pilgrim,” a contemporary Middle East espionage drama, which John Moore will direct for Endgame.
Fox has long wanted to make a film about the “Pacific Clipper,” and Wisher found a way to make the story accessible.
In the film, a ragtag crew of 11 is ordered to take the aircraft, which had just dropped passengers in New Zealand when Pearl Harbor occurred, to Hong Kong. When they arrive and discover that Hong Kong has been overrun by the Japanese, the crew is ordered by Pan Am chief Juan Trippe to fly a secret mission around the world. The U.S. did not want the design to fall into the hands of the enemy. The secret mission soon becomes public, and the crew races against the Japanese and Nazis to make it home.
Charles Chiara will also produce.