Universal's just announced that they're making a 9/11 movie, which brings the total number of Hollywood projects intended to dramatize that infamous day of terror up to 3. Confused as to which one's which? Yeah, I was too, until I made this handy guide:

Project #1: Flight 93
Studio: Universal
Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: No details
Summary:  The film will dramatize the events that took place aboard the titular flight before it crashed into a Pennsylvanian field.
Why you might care: This is the most mythologized of any of the 9/11 flights -- the catchphrase, "Let's roll" comes from an aborted cell phone call made from on board -- and the filmmakers have a vested in interest in piecing together a fair but accurate portrayal of the real people involved.
Chances of transcending the maudlin/potentially offensive trappings of the endeavor itself: 2 out of 5

Project #2Untitled Oliver Stone 9/11 Project
Studio: Paramount
Director: Wait for it -- Oliver Stone
Cast: Nicholas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
Summary:  Based on the true story of two Port Authority officers trapped inside one of the towers.
Why you might care: The current script is visceral and graphic, and calls for, amongst other things, shots of trapped workers jumping from high windows to their deaths.
Chances of transcending the maudlin/potentially offensive trappings of the endeavor itself: As with any Oliver Stone project, this one's up in the air until it's up on the screen. Either a 0 out of 5, or a 5 out of 5.

Project #3102 Minutes
Studio: Columbia
Director: No details
Cast: No details
Summary:  Based on a book by NYT reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, Minutes tracks the timeline from the moment the first plane hit the the first tower, to the moment that tower collapsed.
Why you might care: Nothing comes to mind. Not to be overly flip, but aside from the potential real-time angle, there aren't enough details on the project yet to make any predictions as to how it  might compete with Universal and Paramount's treatments.
Chances of transcending the maudlin/potentially offensive trappings of the endeavor itself: See above -- even.
categories Movies, Cinematical