Scribe to pen original script 'Battle'

Graham King’s GK Films has tapped “Chinatown” scribe Robert Towne to pen an original script titled “The Battle of Britain.”

The largest and most sustained air battle to date, the Battle of Britain occurred when the Royal Air Force fought and won a courageous battle against the German Luftwaffe for control of British airspace over London, ultimately preventing a Nazi invasion of Britain.

King and Tim Headington will produce the project, which is very close to London-born King’s heart.

“My father lived in London and watched this spectacular dogfight over the city, so bringing this story of endurance and triumph to the big screen means a great deal to me,” said King. “I am also extremely excited to be joining forces with the iconic Robert Towne who is a master of mixing complex characters and tremendously compelling plots. Robert has a passion for history and a shared love of this particular story.”

Towne, who won an Oscar for “Chinatown,” most recently wrote the miniseries “Pompeii” for HBO and Scott Free. He’s currently writing an original one-hour pilot titled “Compadre” for FX, Scott Free and Fox 21. Scribe will also write Sony’s “Next of Kin” for producers David Fincher, Sam Raimi and Josh Donen.

GK Films has a trio of pics bowing later this year, including Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” Angelina Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and the Johnny Depp-starrer “The Rum Diary.” Company is also developing a reboot of the “Tomb Raider” franchise and a movie about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, which will star Sacha Baron Cohen. GK Films is currently producing Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” for Warner Bros.

Towne is repped by CAA.

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