Film to chronicle lives of hijack heroes

A film is being made about the passengers of a hijacked aircraft which crashed into a Pennsylvanian field on September 11, it was reported today.

A film is being made about the passengers of a hijacked aircraft which crashed into a Pennsylvanian field on September 11, it was reported today.

Actress Goldie Hawn’s Cosmic Entertainment company has joined forces with American cable network FX to develop the film about United Flight 93.

Flight 93 was one of the four planes hijacked by terrorists on September 11. Its passengers fought their attackers and stopped them crashing the plane into a target in Washington DC.

All 44 passengers and crew on board were killed when the San Francisco-bound plane went down in a field about 80 miles south east of Pittsburgh.

US film industry newspaper Variety reported today that an article from the December edition of Vanity Fair would be used as a basis for the movie.

Entitled Manifest Courage, the feature by journalist Bryan Burroughs chronicles the interaction between victims and their families from the time they began their day until the flight crashed just after 10am.

Kevin Reilly, a spokesman for FX, told Variety: ‘‘Bryan’s article did not spend very much time on the aeroplane on that day. Neither will we. This will not be ‘The Taking of Flight 93.’’’

In fact, the last scene of the movie will probably be the flight’s boarding process.

The idea is to pay tribute to the victims by looking at their lives before the fateful flight and by showing how ordinary people can become heroes.

‘‘It was almost impossible to comprehend the decision these people made to ultimately do what they did,’’ Reilly said. ‘‘Everyone sat wondering if they would have had the same courage. None of them was wearing capes. They were just good people.’’

‘‘We’re going to find the drama in very small moments, set against what’s ahead.’’

One of the executive producers Shanna Tyndall added: ‘‘We realise this is a sensitive subject.

‘‘We hope to do it justice and to memorialize the heroes made on the flight, as well as the heroes who were made after. Heroes also were made in those people they left behind.’’

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