Stone weighing up second 9/11 movie
Fresh from the success of his controversial World Trade Center, Oliver Stone plans to make a second film about the 9/11 attacks. The director revealed in a British Academy of Film and Television Arts lecture last night that the subject matter was too "huge" to cover in one film and that he uncovered countless other tales about the terrorist assault that he now wants to bring to the big screen.
"It [9/11] was huge. I think it's the basis of another film for me," Stone told the Bafta audience, according to a news story by the World Entertainment News Network.
World Trade Center has been acclaimed
in America for its rousing portrayal of two Port Authority police officers
- Will Jimeno and John McClaughlin - who risked their lives to save
others in the rubble of New York's Twin Towers in 2001. Others, however,
have taken issue with the movie. Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw suggested
that it was the worst film of the year, and that it plays fast and loose
with the facts in suggesting a link between 9/11 and Iraq. Elsewhere,
the film has been criticised for coming too soon after the tragedy.
Comparing this film's history to his other work, he added, "It took me 18 years to make JFK, 25 years for Platoon and 30 for Nixon."
Stone admitted that the issues of the film meant that it had to be handled carefully. "It's a complicated landmine," he said. "We met with survivors, New Yorkers, firefighters' groups. It's a sensitive subject because people died. It could have blown up in our faces." He added that he wants his film to help New Yorkers reclaim 9/11, claiming that the tragedy has now been turned into a political issue. "The media lock on 9/11 must diminish because it has been made a political event," he inisted. "The reaction was political and we forget there was a physical impact."
The producers of the film are donating $1.3m (£683,000) to the September 11 memorial, keeping their promise to give 5% of the film's opening weekend box office receipts to help in its construction. World Trade Center opens in the UK on September 29.
Please help our fight against the New World Order by giving a donation. As bandwidth costs increase, the only way we can stay online and expand is with your support. Please consider giving a monthly or one-off donation for whatever you can afford. You can pay securely by either credit card or Paypal. Click here to donate.