Transcript for Hollywood director Wolfgang Petersen dies at 81
- This morning, we are celebrating the life of Hollywood titan Wolfgang Petersen, the Oscar-winning director behind beloved movies like Air Force One and Neverending Story, passing away. Maggie Rulli has more.
MAGGIE RULLI: Whether it was Harrison Ford on Air Force One--
- Get off my plane.
MAGGIE RULLI: --or Brad Pitt slaying in Troy--
- Kings did not pay homage to Achilles.
- Perhaps the kings were too far behind to see, the soldiers won the battle.
MAGGIE RULLI: Wolfgang Petersen knew the secret to directing a Hollywood blockbuster featuring the biggest stars, helming 29 films in both the US and his native, Germany.
- What is the secret of this enchanted book? What wonders are hidden within its pages?
MAGGIE RULLI: In 1984, he first struck gold as the writer-director of this children's classic.
- For anyone who's ever made a wish, believed in a fantasy, or had a dream, this is The Neverending Story.
MAGGIE RULLI: In the '90s, he scored with hits like In The Line Of Fire--
- Al, that's him!
MAGGIE RULLI: --and Outbreak--
- You got 19 dead. You got hundreds more infected. And it's spreading like a brush fire. You had to isolate the sick. And I mean, really isolate them, Billy. We got to get everybody else back into the houses. We got to keep them there.
- We're looking at 40 to 50 foot waves, gale force winds. It's a real bad one right in our path.
MAGGIE RULLI: --before directing George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in The Perfect Storm.
- Guys, just seeing clips from those back-to-back blockbusters, I mean, wow, what a legacy. Now, this morning, Diane Lane, one of the other big stars from A Perfect Storm is paying tribute to Wolfgang. She's calling him a big, loving soul, saying he was a natural leader via positive encouragement. He was 81-years-old.
- He was--
- --so loved. So beloved. All right, Maggie, thank you.
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