Monday, September 11, 2006
9/11 Movies to Date
To date, five years now after the event itself, there have been only four 9/11 features produced (not counting documentaries): The Guys (bravely leading the way in 2002) and three this year, the TV movie Flight 93, United 93 (originally titled Flight 93) and Oliver Stone's World Trade Center. So, where do we go from here? There are millions of stories to tell, and talented filmmakers waiting to tell them. The question is, will boxoffice returns support further films? None of the films to date have been blockbusters. Some might argue that not enough time has passed, but I dismiss that argument. Plenty of time has passed. No event in recent history has galvanized the country like 9/11. It's time to filter that day through the lens of some of our great filmmakers and let the human emotion spill out on screen. Politics aside, 9/11, if nothing else, is a day filled with personal stories, stories that are tailor-made for the screen. There are many more to tell, just as WWII and Vietnam supplied some of the greatest films ever made, so to will 9/11, when filmmakers and studios stop worrying about whether it's too early and start getting down to creating great drama.