Legendary Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau Getting 3D Biopic
by Ethan Anderton
May 14, 2010
While some icons of history and culture are in-demand for big screen stories that develop into dueling biopics (like the recent spawning of two Marilyn Monroe projects), some life stories have gone untold cinematically. One such story is now in the works for a big screen treatment as Variety reports a French production company (Pan Europeene) is developing a 3-D biopic of the famous French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Laurent Turner is adapting the script from Capitaine de la Calypso, a French language biography penned by fellow explorer Albert Falco, who worked alongside Cousteau for 40 years.
Cousteau is quite a remarkable person, who can not only call himself an oceanographer, but also a French naval officer, explorer, ecologist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. His achievements include co-developing the aqua-lung, as well as pioneering marine conservation and modern underwater diving. He even fought for the French in World War II and spent time as a spy being awarded several medals. And yet, during the war, Cousteau still found time to continue his underwater work. That's dedication right there.
Though going 3-D for this seems a bit silly (especially on a $37 million budget), producer Natalie Gastaldo says, "It will be a true biopic but also an adventure film featuring many underwater scenes," so much of the sea adventure might be interesting to watch in 3-D (at least Cameron will be excited). Jerome Salles, who is working on The Burma Conspiracy, the second part of the comic-book-based "Largo Winch" series, will direct the biopic. This sounds like an interesting prospect, but being a French production it may take some time to arrive in the US. The film hasn't cast yet, but stay tuned as we'll keep our eye on this project.