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Report: Disney OKs Pearl Harbor Film

January 29, 2000

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) _ The Walt Disney Co. has given the green light to a $135 million movie about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, according to a trade publication.

``Pearl Harbor″ should begin production in April for release around Memorial Day 2001, Daily Variety reported Thursday. The storyline will be about two fighter pilots from Tennessee who fall in love with the same nurse.

Actors being considered for the film include Charlize Theron, currently on the big screen in ``The Cider House Rules,″ Wes Bentley who starred in ``American Beauty,″ and Jim Caviezel, who played a soldier in ``The Thin Red Line.″

The movie will be directed by Michael Bay, whose credits include ``Armageddon″ and ``The Rock,″ and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer from a script by Randall Wallace, whose credits include ``Braveheart.″

Movie executives and Navy officials have been scouting island locations _ including Pearl Harbor _ although most of the film will be shot in Los Angeles. Water scenes will be shot in the same California facility built for ``Titanic.″

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