Capt. Dale Dye teams with Tom Hanks for epic Airborne movie

Jake Hughes
February 13, 2018 - 10:26 am

Credit: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum.


When it comes to war movies, it's hard to find a better duo than Tom Hanks and retired Marine Captain Dale Dye. The two have attached their names to some wildly successful projects, like Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, and The Pacific. These movies and TV shows have also been popular with the veteran community because of the care and attention Dye ensures the filmmakers follow. And now, the two have their sights set a bit higher this time: the Airborne.

No Better Place to Die will tell the story of the 82nd Airborne Division's defense of the La Fiere bridge during the D-Day Invasion. Easily one of the most important and violent encounters the 82nd would find themselves in during the course of the war, Dye expressed surprise that the engagement hadn't already been given the Hollywood treatment. The movie first got its legs on Indie-Go-Go, where a wildly successful campaign gave it the awareness and funding the project needed to get Hollywood's attention. Captain Dye told Connecting Vets back in August that the movie will celebrate the "boots on the ground" troops of D-Day. "It's a wonderful story that's a microcosm of all of the heroic things that went on in World War 2," Dye says. "When the big plans swirl down into the crapper the little guys, the sergeants, the lieutenants, the private first class, they get together and they get it done, so I wanna tell that story. And I want to direct it because I wrote it and I understand it. But Hollywood objects to that, because I'm not a 'known auteur' so I decided, y'know, the hell with it, I'll do it myself."

Dale says one way he is trying to change Hollywood's attitude is to hire actual veterans in leading roles. He told  veteran and military website We Are The Mighty that, "my absolute promise is that I’m going to make this movie with as many veterans in front of the camera and behind the camera as I can find.” It is not known exactly how many vets will be involved in the production of No Better Place to Die, and auditions haven't started yet so, keep an eye open.

Not much else is known about the project. It's tentative release is set for 2019.