Skip to main content

Paratrooper


These days it seems that most movies and TV Shows about World War 2 focus on the Americans. We have even seen a British operation depicted as carried out by the Americans - U-571 - yes Hollywood, we're still bitter. That's not to say there haven't been some good ones; Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Hacksaw Ridge, these are all brilliant depictions of World War 2. But are we in danger of younger generations thinking the Americans single-handedly won the war? What happened to the good old days when movies were made about British actions? Or better yet, movies like The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far, which told the story from the point of view of all involved, including the local civilians. That said, could movies like Dunkirk and Darkest Hour be a sign that things are changing?



Recently we spoke with Lance Nielsen, the Director/Writer/Producer is currently working on a TV series that depicts the actions of British Airborne forces during the war. "Paratrooper" - which will tell the story of several operations including Biting, Husky, Tonga, Market-Garden and Varsity - is planned to have an 11-12 episode first series. It will tell these stories through the eyes of a single character, and not necessarily one that's British and/or military, simply one affected by the events. This will include both civilians and the Germans. One episode will even focus on Operation Mercury, the German invasion of Crete - the first operation in which German paratroops were used en masse. A possible twelfth episode will focus on the Polish Brigade at Arnhem.



Lance Nielsen has a keen interest in this period of history, "it was inevitable that eventually I would develop something set in this genre and true stories always interest me." "When you're watching something that you know really happened it's far more emotionally tangible." When asked why he picked the airborne he told me: "The role of the airborne forces has always interested me, ever since I saw their depiction in the films The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far." He's definitely setting the bar very high, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Nielsen is also working on a standalone movie called "Pegasus Bridge". It's about the British Glider troops that captured two road bridges over the River Orne in the early hours of 6th June 1944, and the German troops they fought against. "Pegasus requires a much higher level of funding and is a very different type of animal to Paratrooper." "Brexit caused it a lot of problems." Pegasus Bridge (the place) will appear in Paratrooper's pilot episode, but only briefly.



Nielsen and his team - Producer Tony Fadil, Production Manager Nicola Gregory, Social Media Manager Dave Sinclair and "long standing collaborator" Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: First Class) - are currently working on the pilot episode. As you can see from these magnificent photos, things are looking good. Filming is to take place in England and Normandy. "Where possible I will always shoot in real locations." "The best way to make Normandy look like Normandy is really to film in Normandy." In fact, the series will be filmed in several European countries including: England, France, Holland, Greece and Norway. The pilot will tell the story of the focal character's life up to the events of D-Day. There are also plans in place to film part of the Arnhem episode - on location in Holland - alongside the pilot so the footage may be included in the trailer.


Currently there aren't any plans on how the series will be distributed. The focus is very much on producing the pilot, part of which will be crowd funded. The campaign is said to be going very well; "we've had fantastic support and encouragement from our core fan base and people are really getting behind it." But the more who support Paratrooper, the better chance it has of hitting our screens. "We really need people to share and tag their friends too. We need the people who want this show to happen to be our social media army." If you want to support the project, click here to visit the Paratrooper Indiegogo page.


You can also keep up to date with how things are going through the Paratrooper Facebook Page. Nielsen and his team provide regular Live video updates there.

It seems there might be hope for us Brits yet!

Don't forget to let us know what you think about Paratrooper. Leave a comment below or find us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also email us at moustachemovienews@gmail.com

Comments

  1. I would definitely like to see this.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You and me both. Have you checked out the Indiegogo page?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Good to see - looking forward to viewing any finalized production!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Will Alan Ladd be Starring again?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Get them chinstraps fastened, the RSM would have your ass

    ReplyDelete

Post a comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Snyder Cut | Wouldn't Be The First Time a Director Got a Second Chance

It seems that a fairly common occurrence amongst movies tied to Warner Bros. is the magical disappearing/reappearing director. Does that mean there's hope for the Snyder Cut? I certainly hope so!


Ever since Justice League hit cinemas in 2017 - possibly even before - fans have been calling for Zack Snyder's original vision to be released. Snyder famously faced issues regarding the darker tone and longer run times his movies were taking, especially after the negative response to 'Batman v Superman'. This of course led to rewrites of the superhero team-up movie, and certain plotlines established or teased in 'BvS' - including the epic Knightmare scene - being dropped. The director then left the production after the tragic death of his daughter. Joss Whedon was brought in by the studio to finish the movie, this included the completion of post production and some major reshoots, further altering the movie. All of which resulted in a movie that is drastically differen…

Moustache Lockdown Streaming Survival Guide Part 2 | Bosch

The lockdown continues this Easter weekend, and despite the absolutely glorious weather it's important that we stay at home. On that note, here's another TV show to keep you entertained; 'Bosch', available on Amazon Prime.

Check out part 1 of our streaming survival guide by clicking here.



Follow L.A.P.D. Homicide Detectives Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) and Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector) as they work to solve an endless stream of murders in the infamous Hollywood Division of Los Angeles. As well as a heavy caseload, the two must also navigate the perils of their personal lives, including marriage, divorce and parenthood. Their cases - some of which hit a little too close to home - often lead the two into trouble within the department and with the city's political hierarchy as well. But since when did that ever get in the way of the search for the truth? 



Based on the series of novels by Michael Connelly, each season beautifully recreates the books that inspired it, whilst …

Greyhound | Average Guy Movie Review

Greyhound is the lead ship in an escort group assigned to protect a convoy of merchant ships crossing the Atlantic in World War 2. Captain Ernie Krause (Tom Hanks), a career Navy man in his first command, must lead the fight against a wolfpack of German U-Boats. But will he be able to fight off the silent hunters long enough to get the convoy to the safety of British waters?

If ever there was a reason for you to sign up to Apple TV+, this is it. Much like Christopher Nolan said about Dunkirk, the movie Greyhound is more of an experience than a movie, which makes it a real shame that we didn't get to see it on the big screen, as it was intended. After a very brief introduction, the audience is thrown into the hell of life onboard a ship in the middle of the Atlantic in 1942. The whole story is told from the point of view of Captain Krause and his crew. Events are witnessed from the deck of the Greyhound and the occasional aerial shot, the German U-Boats are only glimpsed briefly as …