Chuck Russell Turns on Northern Lights


Chuck Russell is writing to direct Northern Lights, an action film set in the field of aerobatics — death-defying stunt flying.

Variety says Russell is working on a rewrite of a script by David Ellison and Duane Adler; Electric Entertainment’s Dean Devlin is producing with Ellison and his Skydance Productions.

The plan is to begin production in the fall in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Northern Lights follows the adventures of three young pilots, each determined to be the best at extreme flying, which encompasses taking their planes to 10 Gs and 300 mph, upside down, 10 feet off the ground.

“We’ll be incorporating real-time, world class aerobatic performances with new visual effects technologies that will put the audience right in the pilot’s seat,” Russell said.

Devlin said: “Chuck has a complete grasp on how to bring the tremendous aerial action sequences to life, which complements a rich story.”