UK terrestrial Channel 4 has commissioned The Return of The Dambusters, a copro between Omni Film Productions and Windfall Films.
The 120-minute special follows dam engineers, explosive experts, mechanics and aircrew as they restage the 1943 bombing raids on Germany. The end goal will be the creation of a 130-feet wide, 30-feet high concrete dam; a modified Douglas DC4 flying perilously low ;and one huge explosion.
Channel 4 history commissioning editor Julia Harrington commissioned The Return of The Dambusters. The doc has also been commissioned by WGBH NOVA and History Canada.
Ian Duncan, director of Windfall Films, said: “By attempting to recreate a near impossible WWII mission, this documentary encompasses everything from ingenious resourcefulness to high-octane suspense. The Return of the Dambusters will give viewers a unique and vivid insight into a momentous part of our history with a fascinating approach into reconstructing the bouncing bomb and building a model of the Möhne Dam.”
The Return of The Dambusters is produced by Tom Cook, executive produced by David Dugan and directed by Ian Duncan for Windfall Films. It is produced by Linda Hay and executive produced by Gabriela Schonbach for Omni Film Productions.