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Hollywood Tackles Sept. 11

If you're anything like me, you've been kind of holding your breath for films about Sept. 11 to start rolling off the Hollywood assembly line. I'm eager to see some of them, I have to admit. Not ravenous, as I would have been in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, but eager.

I'm also a little nervous. The opportunity for tastelessness, absurdity, and blind nationalism to slip into movie versions of Sept. 11 is enormous. But regardless of how you may feel about the events of that unforgettable day being turned into Hollywood product, you won't have to wait much longer to start assessing the results. The Guardian Unlimited reports that "United 93," a dramatization of the flight that was taken down in Pennsylvania by some of its passengers before it could reach its presumed target, the White House, will premiere at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month.

Hot on that film's heels is Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center," which will focus on two Port Authority workers who become buried alive beneath the ruins of the Twin Towers. "World Trade Center" is in post-production; the IMDb gives it a release date of August 2006.

I've read rumors that there may eventually be a film version of Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn's engrossing book, "102 Minutes," as well, but who knows. That book details the 102 agonizing minutes that lapsed between the first airplane crashing into the WTC and the collapse of the second tower.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on March 30, 2006 2:40 PM
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