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Oliver Stone Set to Direct a Movie About the Events of 9/11

Nicolas Cage to Star in 9/11 Film

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July 9, 2005 - Paramount Pictures has tapped Oliver Stone to direct an as of yet untitled movie about the events of 9/11 in New York, which will focus on the true story of two Port Authority police officers rescued from the collapsed World Trade Center.

Nicolas Cage will play one of the two officers who, along with hundreds of other police officers, risked their lives to help rescue people from the burning buildings. The two Port Authority officers, John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, were trapped when the Towers fell, and were two of the few who survived the collapse thanks to the heroic efforts of other rescuers who managed to get them out.

In a statement issued by Paramount Pictures, Sgt. John McLoughlin said, " Sgt. John McLoughlin, one of the two trapped officers, said, "I feel someone had to tell the story of the people who were in the Trade Center before and after it collapsed. It needs to be told how this horrific tragedy brought Americans and the world together to help those in need. The people involved in putting this movie together are truly making an extraordinary attempt to tell those stories and the stories of those who are no longer with us."

William J. Jimeno, Ret. Port Authority Police Detective, added, "As a survivor of 9/11, I want people never to forget those that died from my department, the Port Authority Police of NY/NJ, and those from my fellow departments, the NYPD and FDNY, as well as all of the EMTs and the civilians in NYC, in Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon. I know that with the talented cast of people that have been brought together by Double Feature Films to bring this film project to life, they will never be forgotten. It will also be a tribute to all those that gave everything they had to bring people home to their loved ones. This film is also a testament to the good that we as human beings are capable of. I have all the confidence in the world that with such a great script that was written by Andrea Berloff and having one of the world's greatest directors, Oliver Stone, who has served his country and knows the price of freedom, this film will be one that will live on for generations to come, not only in America but the world!"

Oliver Stone said, "Andrea Berloff's screenplay is one of the best that's ever come to me out of the blue -- I guess like that day. It walloped me -- and many others -- with its emotion and simplicity. Clearly, it's a work of collective passion, a serious meditation on what happened, and carries within a compassion that heals. It's an exploration of heroism in our country -- but is international at the same time in its humanity."

Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, and Moritz Borman will produce the film. Debra Hill will be credited posthumously as a producer. Andrea Berloff wrote the script. Production is expected to begin shortly in New York.

SOURCE: Paramount Pictures

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