According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story is based on a novel by Randy Arrington and follows the rough-riding and hard-living pilots of an elite Navy attack squadron. Gigandet will star as a hot-shot pilot, West plays his one-time best friend-turned-nemesis, while Cook will play an investigative journalist and Gigandet's love interest.
First-time scribe Adam Prince wrote the screenplay from a story by Dave Riggs and Nickolai Susby, who are producing via Svarog-Afterburner.
The movie is eyeing shoots in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada in October. Arrangements are being made for access to military hardware in the U.S. and Russia, with plans involving use of actual MiGs and Sukhoi aircraft.
No production date has been set.
Kerosene Cowboys was released in 2009 and stars Cam Gigandet, Rachael Leigh Cook, Shane West, Bill Pullman, Mario Van Peebles, Martin Kove, Jacob Vargas, Troy Garity. The film is directed by Mario Van Peebles.