Billy Ray to Direct Sci-Fi Romancer 'Departure'

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The script is inspired by the book "Ghosts of the Air" by Martin Caidin.

Billy Ray has come aboard to direct Departure, a sci-fi romance from Good Universe.

Jim Whitaker is producing while Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. 

The script is inspired by Ghosts of the Air by Martin Caidin. The book told of the real accounts from pilots who have experienced flight anomalies.

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According to Good Universe, 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 10 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."  

The company is fast-tracking the project and wants to begin casting immediately.

Spencer Wong will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe. Elizabeth Ingold will oversee for Whitaker Entertainment. 

Ray is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand scribes with recent credits including The Hunger Games and the upcoming Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips. As a director, he helmed the acclaimed Shattered Glass as well as Breach.

He is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Peter Nichols of Lichter, Grossman.