'War Birds' film flying at TMU Pictures

Michael Chait set to direct combat action-adventure movie

TMU Pictures is moving forward with the action-adventure film "War Birds."

Michael Chait wrote the original story and will produce and direct the screenplay written by Josh Staman and Bryan Binder. J. Todd Harris ("Bottle Shock") and screenwriter Richard Jefferies ("Tron Legacy"), who will polish the script, are producing.

Sean Miller and Kyle Heller of Chait's Michigan-based TMU Pictures also are producing. Marc Marcum will serve as co-producer.

"Birds" follows an Air Force veteran-turned-reckless airshow re-enactment pilot as he gets pulled into the underground culture of illegal, real-life aerial combat. Shooting is scheduled for the summer in Michigan using all real airplanes and aerial sequences, including authentic P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings, F4U Corsairs and a B-17 Flying Fortress as well as modern military helicopters and jets.

"Titanic" cinematographer Russell Carpenter will serve as a visual consultant.

"I love big, exciting, action-adventure movies, especially when they are shot live, in camera," Chait said. "Growing up the son of an artist and a pilot, I've always worked the drama and production value of aviation into my movies. That's still the best way to truly immerse an an audience in the experience."