Drama - Development 2020

In Vietnam in 1971, the US military delivered their $20 million payroll on Okinawa in unmarked bills on a single helicopter. The payroll flight was called The Money Run.

This is the story of the men and women who took it. Inspired by real events.

    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Drama, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 25 - 50 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Gareth LEWIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • The Money Run is a thrilling heist movie with the potential to cast a group of high profile stars in the lead roles. Following the tropes of classic heist movies, but with the added ingredient of the wartime setting, it will follow in the footsteps of blockbusters such as Kelly’s Heroes and Three Kings. Using the heist format, it will examine the madness of war and fallacy of man, whilst being an edge-of-your-seat thriller. With the Vietnam War making headlines again, with the release of Ken Burns’ brilliant new documentary, there has never been a more appropriate time to revisit this most American of conflicts. Global fascination with this war and the era, the time of counter-culture and rock music
      like never before, means there is a worldwide audience
      for this story.
      Following in the footsteps of Kelly’s Heroes and Three Kings, The Money Run will be an exuberant exploration of the insanity of war and the men that fight. Suffused with the gallows humour of those that fight in extreme danger, and with the banter that comes from a group of men together under pressure, it will present a fascinating cast of characters from diverse backgrounds, all with a common goal: survive and prosper.
      The style of the film will be immersive and visceral, taking us into the heart of some ferocious fighting, aerial helicopter battles, and deadly med-evacs, to show the reality of the danger these men faced on a daily basis. Never before have such helicopter battles been brought to the screen – previous Vietnam war films have tended to focus on the men on the ground. The Money Run will take us into the world of the helicopter pilots: young men whose life expectancy was less than any other soldier in that conflict.
      The tone will be that of a gripping thriller; dramatic and, at times, funny, but always driving forwards, stakes increasing, conflict building, complication upon complication. The humour will derive from the eclectic combination of characters – the unlikely team that comes together to make it all possible – from the hard-bitten crew chief to the Californian surfer – and the impossible situations they find themselves in. Above all, it will have heart. It will be a movie that asks some tough questions, but ultimately sends the audience out of the cinema with a spring in their step.