According to Good Universe, ‘Hunger Games’ screenwriter Billy Ray is slated to direct and write the sci-fi/romance thriller, “Departure.” He will use an original script he wrote about the upcoming film; the story for it being inspired by the book “Ghosts of the Air,” which was written by Martin Caldin. Jim Whitaker will produce “Departure.” Jon Drake and Nathan Kahane will be executive producers.
With the Hunger Games becoming a huge international success, Ray certainly seems very capable of bringing Caldin’s excellent book to the big screen.
If you want to know more about the book and film, below are the synopses for both:
Synopsis of “Ghosts of the Air,” according to Amazon:
“Imagine witnessing unexplicable events while piloting a plane thousands of feet in the air. These are real accounts from pilots who have experienced strange phenomena. Landing at an airfield that wasn't there; planes guided by dead pilots; Bermuda Triangle accounts; sightings of aircraft from the past; airfields haunted by airmen killed in action; ghost warning prevents plane crash; more.”
Ohhhhh!!!! This book gives me chills just by reading its synopsis. When I first read about the book, the name J.J. Abrams seemed to pop in my brain instantaneously. But enough of that! Billy Ray will be the one to attempt to depict the “unexplicable events while piloting a plane…”
Synopsis of “Departure,” according to ComingSoon:
“Based on the true story of a never-explained avionic phenomenon, Departure follows a brilliant Miami-based FAA investigator who is obsessed with learning how a 727 suddenly vanished into thin air and then reappeared in the exact same spot ten minutes later. As mysterious occurrences continue to occur with increasing frequency in the skies over Miami, the investigation becomes personal when the employee’s beloved wife is on one of the planes affected.”
Casting is set to begin immediately.