We've been talking lately about your three favorite Civil War movies in existence. How about those Civil War battles, scenes, etc. that aren't in existence but you'd love to see them? What and why? Oh, and maybe who'd you like to see play the parts.
What would I like to see made? Yea, Franklin would be good.
What needs to be made? Well, it never would be.
It would have to be X-rated, no doubt about it. And no, not a bit of sex. It would show the absolute horror of what 19th-century war really was. Organs being ripped apart, limbs flying dozens of feet as cannister and solid shot tears it apart. A film so horrible even a war veteran would have to avert his eyes.
A film that would teach that this terrible period of our history was not a sporting event to be argued on ideological grounds, where we root, root, root for the home team, extol the virtues of the whole devastating affair, cheer the victor and damn the loser, and in general glamorize war 150 years later.
And should the writer of the screenplay decide to get deep, he could show how this tragic affair tore apart not only families, but regions - and not just for the duration of the war but for a century after it ended.
It wouldn't entertain. It wouldn't please. But it damn well would teach. War is hell.