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Errol Flynn's son biographical film

SeanFlynn.jpgA biographical film about the son of Errol Flynn is coming to the big screen. So what you might ask, what interest is there in him with a father who has so much more material to offer Hollywood? Well his son was not the unknown you might expect.

Not only did Sean Flynn work as an actor for several years but he was also a war journalist who disappeared in the Cambodian jungle during 1970.

Now that would make for an interesting film, although frankly I would agree that the interest in Errol Flynn is probably more interesting on the surface with his womanising and huge Hollywood career, but Sean Flynn has the most fascinating and perhaps frightening life.

He was an actor for a short while and gave that up in 1984 1964 to become a photo journalist. He worked on Time Magazine and preferred assignments that gave him exceptional images, and so he often worked with Special Forces on the front lines.

It was in Cambodia on April 6th 1970 that both he and fellow journalist Dana Stone left Phnom Penh to head towards the front lines. On the way there reports, found through Wikipedia, say that they were stopped and taken prisoner by the Viet Cong.

They remained in captivity for around a year, being handed from the Viet Cong to the Khmer Rouge, and there reports become confused and uncertain. Some reports suggest that they were both executed in mid 1971, however other sources say that Flynn contracted malaria and the captors treatment made him even worse cause him to die, some say that he was given a lethal injection when his illness became too bad, and others have the usual conspiracy tales of him still alive today in some country or other.

Now if that doesn't make you think that there could be a film in his life, then I don't know what does.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Ralph Hemecker is to direct the film and is writing the script along with Perry Deane Young who wrote the book on which this film is based. Hemecker has written quite a few episodes of Witchblade and has a healthy television directing list to his name.





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Yes that does sound interesting - it makes me wonder why we have all these remakes when there are plenty of stories (fiction and non-fiction) to use to make great films; it could be just me but there do seem to be a lot of reboots/remakes/franchises out there.

Oh Katherine, you're so right. Hollywood is dripping wet with remakes right now, they're flooded in fact. Something like this is a breath of fresh air.

The most interesting sounding part of this film is the time travel aspect.

You know, what with Sean being an actor until 1984, when he gave that up to become a photo journalist, then travelled back through time until 1970 to go to Cambodia, whereupon he's killed - meaning he can't keep being an actor until 1984, and can never go back in time in the first place. Oh the paradoxes. Marty McFly, eat your heart out!

Okay smart arse, good catch with the mistyping, and nicely parodied too.

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