Warner Bros Buys Period Hurricane Disaster Project 'Galveston'
by Ethan Anderton
October 4, 2010
Hollywood has seen its share of disaster flicks like Volcano, Twister, The Perfect Storm and The Love Guru (get it?). Many of these films depicting the wrath of mother nature have stayed in modern times, but now it looks like one hell of a storm will hit the big screen way back in the year 1900. Risky Biz reports Warner Bros. has purchased the original script Galveston from writer Daniel Sussman ("The Practice") and producer Polly Johnsen (Cop Out). The film sets several stories against the backdrop of one of the most deadly hurricanes to ever hit the United States, even rivaling the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Back on September 8, 1900, a Category 4 hurricane (that's a big one) essentially destroyed the Gulf Coast city of Galveston and killed around 8,000 people (quadruple the deaths of Katrina). Over 100 years ago the city was still growing, despite already being the biggest in the state, and had been referred to as the "Wall Street of the Southwest." Shortly thereafter, Houston took over the reigns as the biggest and most successful city in Texas, and Galveston has never completely recovered. In the midst of this disaster, Sussman's script follows a pair of young lovers on the verge of being separated, a struggle for power among various bureaucracies and a bitter love triangle involving two brothers. Though I haven't yet seen Hereafter, the trailer evokes a similar feel by linking several stories through a natural disaster. This project is just now taking off, so we'll keep you posted. Interested?