Oh dear. I can just picture the excitement of my partner in crime when he gets wind of this project.
The folks at Cinema Blend have uncovered some amazing footage from an upcoming film called The Red Baron. It starts Matthias Schweighöfer as the famed Red Baron, the ultimate ace fighter in WWI who falls in love with Käte (Lena Headey) and comes to realize that he is being used as a propaganda piece for the German government. I can’t quite figure out what role Joseph Fiennes plays in this whole saga which appears to be told from the German side of the action, but from his name, Captain Roy Brown, I assume that he’s an American pilot.
The real meat of this entire project is the dogfights. If you saw Flyboys expecting some great combat, you were likely disappointed by 1) the lack of fighting and 2) the budget FX. This time around, it looks like no expense was spared and this is easily the best air to air combat VFX work I’ve seen done since I first discovered The History Channel’s “Dogfights“.
Even in crummy YouTube resolution, it’s clear to see that this looks fantastic but it looks like it may be a while before we get to see the film. It was shot in English but completely funded by German production company Niama Film and currently it is only scheduled to open in Germany on April 10th. I expect that if the film does well in Germany, Warner Brothers will look to pick up international rights. And if they don’t, I hope someone else does because I want to see this on the big screen!
I’ve tucked the VFX dogfighting reel along with the German trailer under the seat. Be sure to check them out and let us know what you think.