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Skydance, Alibaba Team Up on World War II Movie ‘Flying Tigers’

Skydance and Alibaba Pictures are teaming up on the World War II pic “The Flying Tigers,” which chronicles the first American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force that fought alongside the Chinese in WWII.

“Braveheart” screenwriter Randall Wallace is penning the script. Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce along with Alibaba.

The Flying Tigers was a group of volunteer pilots from the U.S. Army Air Forces, Navy and Marine Corps, led by Captain Claire Lee Chennault. The film will tell the story of the unique brotherhood formed by the intrepid soldiers.

“This production partnership with Alibaba Pictures on Flying Tigers marks an important next step in our strategy to expand the reach of the Skydance brand on a global basis,” said Ellison. “We could not be more excited to work with the incomparable Randall Wallace to bring to life the extraordinary, untold story of the great commitment and sacrifices made by this courageous group of pilots.”

Alibaba Pictures began investing in Hollywood film with its stake in the 2015 Skydance film “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” in partnership with Paramount Pictures.

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