Disney film to take shot at Pearl Harbor

Kyodo

Walt Disney Co. has started shooting a movie about Pearl Harbor, film organizers said.

The film, expected to exceed a budget of $135 million, commemorates the Japanese military’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The movie is scheduled to be released in May 2001, in time for the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Organizers said the film is being made with the full cooperation of the U.S. Department of Defense, adding the movie will feature a Zero Fighter 3D originally used by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

The film will be directed by Michael Bay, known for such films as “The Rock” and “Armageddon.” Bay reportedly said he aims to base the movie’s action scenes on actual historical events.

The cast will include Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ben Affleck.