HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Erik Nelson’s “The Cold Blue” which tells the story of the Eighth Air Force that flew multiple deadly missions during World War II.
“The Cold Blue,” from Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Creative Differences, features newly restored 4K footage and outtakes shot by Oscar-winning director William Wyler (“The Best Years of Our Lives,” “Ben-Hur”) during the summer of 1943 for his 1944 documentary, “The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress.”
Wyler went to Europe to document the air war in progress and flew actual combat missions on B-17s, during which one of his DPs was killed.
All of the raw color footage was recently discovered in the vaults of the National Archives.
“The Cold Blue” will premiere in June 2019.
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