It was officially announced today in The Hollywood Reporter that Sam Shepard has signed on to Descending From Heaven: The Strange and Extraordinary Tale of Claude Eatherly, A-Bomb Pilot (the title just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?). The film is being directed by Sandy Smolan and recounts the story of the pilot who was responsible for giving the "all clear" to drop the A-bomb on Hiroshima. Smolan was interested in filming the pilot's story upon first reading about Eatherly almost 20 years ago. "It's one of the great untold stories: He was one of the top pilots in the Air Corps, an all-American Texas hero. It's a dark comedic tale about the bomb and personal responsibility." Shepard has signed on to the play the father to the pilot, and I'm sure there will be tons of "Oscar-worthy" moments as Shepard has to deal with the aftermath of his son's actions.

Well, it seems like WWII is all the rage again, between Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima (both directed by Clint Eastwood) it seems like audiences are in the mood again for some good old fashioned war movies. Some might say it's just too bad that we all aren't as interested in the real live war going on as we are in the Hollywood versions. ...

[via ComingSoon.net and The Hollywood Reporter]