Amiel Sends the 105 Degrees Signal


Overture Films, making its first move into production, is partnering with Echo Lake Productions on 105 Degrees and Rising, set against the backdrop of the 1975 fall of Saigon, says Variety.

Jon Amiel (Entrapment) is slated to direct William M. Akers’ script. Echo Lake’s Doug Mankoff, Mike Marcus and Andrew Spaulding are producing along with Rob Cowan (De-Lovely).

Akers’ script weaves together several storylines as characters struggle to escape South Vietnam during the final days of the U.S. control of Saigon.

The title is based on a secret code broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, in which the announcement that “the temperature is 105 degrees and rising,” followed by eight bars of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” meant all U.S. citizens should immediately evacuate Saigon.