New release date announced for ‘United 93’

United International Pictures, Universal Pictures and Working Title Films would like to announce the release of United 93 in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 2nd June.

The highly acclaimed filmmaker Paul Greengrass, known for such films as the award winning Bloody Sunday as well as the international blockbuster The Bourne Supremacy, writes and directs an unflinching drama that tells the story of the passengers and crew, their families on the ground and the flight controllers who watched as United Airlines Flight 93 became the fourth hijacked plane on the day of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil: September 11, 2001. The film is opening the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th and is screening out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. It is produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films, Lloyd Levin and Paul Greengrass.

United 93 intends to dignify the memory of those on that flight, the men and women whose sacrifice remains one of the most heroic legacies of the incomprehensible tragedies that unfolded on that autumn morning. As there is no perfect record of the hijacking’s exact details and hostage retaliation, Greengrass takes a careful hand and partially improvises the events with an ensemble cast of little-known actors who were given studies of their UAL Flight 93 counterparts.

Greengrass, who has a history of compassionate filmmaking in the shape of Omagh and Resurrected, was profoundly affected by the events of 9/11 and “I wanted to use my position as a filmmaker to contribute something so they are not casually forgotten,” stated Greengrass. “By honouring the families who lost those they loved, I hope we can ensure that their sacrifice is remembered and hopefully seek wisdom in the future.”

Gordon Felt, whose brother Edward was among those on board Flight 93, added, “It is never easy to relive the events of 9/11, yet I support United 93 as a tribute to the heroism of my brother and the 39 other passengers and crew who collectively chose to say ‘no’ on that fateful day. It is my hope that this film is one step in the process of memorializing all of the brave Americans that faced violent adversity on 9/11 and that the meaning of their sacrifice will endure.”

Working Title Films has been co-chaired by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner since 1992. Between them, the pair has produced 80 feature films which have amassed more than $3.5 billion worldwide. The company’s commercial and critical hits include The Interpreter, About a Boy; Notting Hill; Elizabeth; Fargo; Dead Man Walking; Bean; High Fidelity; Johnny English; Billy Elliot; Four Weddings and a Funeral; Bridget Jones’s Diary; Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Thirteen , Love Actually and Shaun Of The Dead. The company has recently released to critical and commercial success Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice and Kirk Jones’ Nanny McPhee, and has stepped into theatre production with the hugely popular Billy Elliot The Musical. Forthcoming releases are: Paul Weiland’s Sixty Six; Phillip Noyce’s Hotstuff; Ringan Ledwidge’s Middle of Nowhere; and Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces.

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