I think that the idea for a new bismarck movie is more that great, but it will be a very huge massive -and last but not least- expensive project.
In my opinion there should be made a real scale Bismarck, and the story has to show both sides really humaniously, and show the real life aboard all ships, the excitement, and it has to be very good characters and actors. You have to smell the real fear that those brave young boys of 19-21 years old had, being in the small spaces everywere in the ships while being at war in the atlantic. It was very serious, and a very serious moment, the danger that could change WWII, especially for Europe.
The problem, however is, to get the budget for such a large scale movie. The budget of U571 was more than 90 million USD, but the Japanese Yamato movie was made for less then 30 million USD. The Japanese goverment and several investors payed for building the real scale Yamato, wich also would be possible with a 1:1 Bismarck in Europe. Collaboration with a museum or anything.
As with Pearl harbour, it would be great if both German and British Marine could help as sponsors (fuel, providing choppers and personel, archive materials, use of old ships that can be used and so on). In this battle in the Denmark strait as many brave people died as in Pearl Harbor, but it is a far more exciting story. I think this movie has to contain also the facts before the operation Rheinubung, the secret plans and building of Bismarck. Also the fear of the british that the superbattleships would break out, and the espionage stuff that has to do with it.
There are several plans and I know already several rich people who want to invest in such a project, but if this movie has to be made in the same large scaler proportions like pearl harbor, a very large budget is needed and more than 4 years of preparations before even cast or shoot anything. I am a young film producer (35) and did a lot with special effects, green screen, High Definition movies and think that there are possibillities and I also planned some researsch trips to people and archives and sources to get such a budget fixed for this huge project. At this very moment i pay these trips for research work all by myself, only because I'm very interested to produce this movie one day.
However, it would be a very honourable project, not only to honour the more than 3500 people who died in this battle, but also the fact that this was a real crucial thing that should have changed the war, think for instance what number of (british) casualties it had cost if the Bismarck was returned with Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, or with Tirpitz(!). And if England had no fuel or supplies anymore to maintain defences because of the commerce raids of the german fleet. Was it more difficult for the Allies to defeat Germany if the Bismarck sunk almost every konvoy that supplied England from 1941?
I looking for people who wants to help or work for this movie, I searched already for planes, uniforms, materials, archives, locations, possibillities to solve problems to avoid huge sets such as The Blohm & Voss warf, the real battleviews aboard all ships, shots of the fjord and so on and so on. It has to be a very high quality movie to remember, and no movie that is a "nice try".
If anyone has suggestions or ideas or want to help let me know, I have categorized already a database of people and their scources, materials, guaranteed donations, locations and occupasions.