NewsGoldcrest Brings True Adventure Story Against The Sun to AFM

Goldcrest Brings True Adventure Story Against The Sun to AFM

Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

Pascal Degove announced today that the company has acquired all international rights to the true-life adventure Against The Sun, the staggering story of how three U.S. Navy Airmen courageously battled for survival after their torpedo bomber crash landed in the South Pacific six weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.

Against the Sun, which stars Tom Felton (Harry Potter’s Draco Malfoy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Fangs of War, both for Twentieth Century Fox), Garret Dillahunt (12 Years a Slave, Looper, Fox hit comedy Raising Hope) and Jake Abel (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) will have its market premiere at The American Film Market this November and is due for release in the US in late January 2015.

January 16, 1942. Navy pilot Harold Dixon (Garret Dillahunt), Radioman Gene Aldrich (Jake Abel), and Bombardier Tony Pastula (Tom Felton) take off from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise to search for submarines in the glistening waters of the South Pacific. The three men are strangers, assigned to spend an afternoon together in a single-engine torpedo bomber. They should be back on board in time for dinner.

But instead of enjoying dinner on the Enterprise, the men find themselves fighting for their lives on a dark ocean in a tiny rubber raft, forced to ditch in the sea after they lose their way and run out of fuel. Their situation is worse than grim, as their plane sinks to the ocean floor, carrying with it all of their emergency supplies, leaving them with no first aid kit, no signalling device, no compass, no food, and no water.

Thus begins an incredible odyssey that has become Navy legend. Dixon, Aldrich, and Pastula struggling to survive on the high seas, assaulted by sharks and storms, burning in the relentless sun, starving to death.

Against the Sun is written, directed and produced by Brian Falk (producer of Parkland, The Conspirator) and Executive Produced by The American Film Company’s founder Joe Ricketts (Parkland, The Conspirator).

Pascal Degove, Managing Director Goldcrest Films notes: “Real life stories of extraordinary feats of human endurance continue to thrill audiences globally and Brian’s story has it all, from a bone shaking plane crash to tumultuous seas and voracious sharks. This is 127 hours meets Open Water. And it genuinely happened.”

Alfred Levitt, Chief Operating Officer of The American Film Co continued:  “Our mission is to tell true stories of inspiring figures from history. The tale of these Navy airmen is all that and more. It is thrilling, moving, and above all entertaining.”