In an interview with Roger Ebert, director Spike Lee may have let it slip that George Lucas has finally hired a director for his long-awaited war movie RED TAILS, about the Tuskegee Airman, per COMINGSOON.net.
Earlier this year, Lucas mentioned he wanted to move forward with RED TAILS. There have been rumors of directors attached to the project, including Samuel L. Jackson in his directorial debut, ever since.
Lee, in talking about meeting the Buffalo Soldiers (his upcoming MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA is based upon their story, mentioned meeting some of the Tuskegee Airmen and brought up a young African-American director, Anthony Hemingway, who would be directing Lucas' project.
"It was like eight men at the roundtable. And two of 'em, Lee Archer and Roscoe Brown, was the 8th pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen, which I might add, this spring George Lucas is finally doin' his Tuskegee Airmen film, RED TAILS. He's gonna produce it and a young African-American director, Anthony Hemingway, is gonna direct it. He's done several episodic TVs, and is a young director so I'm looking forward to that and hopefully MIRACLE with RED TAILS coming' up will generate more films to show the untold story about the participation. A lot of people know about fact that the Nisei, they were Japanese American unit that fought in Europe, an all Japanese-American unit that fought in Europe for United States of America against the Nazis. That movie's never been done either so there's a whole lot of stuff," Lee said.
There has been no confirmation from Lucas about this development, but stay tuned.