'Ninja Assassin' Writer to Tackle Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Disaster
by Ethan Anderton
March 9, 2011
The oil spill from 2010 made headlines for months as the ocean was polluted with black gold and experts struggled to stop the gushing oil. Now that story is headed to the big screen as Variety reports Summit Entertainment and Participant Media have launched development of Deepwater a feature film about the Deepwater Horizon oil rig tragedy. Based on a New York Times article by titled "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour" by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, the story will be adapted by Matthew Sand (writer of Ninja Assassin) and chronicles the final moments leading up to the fiery disaster. Too soon?
The explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men working on the platform that day and injured 17 more. In addition the resulting spill into the ocean could not be stopped until July. Summit's Erik Feig says, "This film will portray the great heroism that took place last year on the Deepwater Horizon rig and how colleagues so courageously came to each other's aide. This piece in The New York Times evoked the raw emotion these brave men experienced and endured throughout the tragedy that took place in April of last year and we hope to evoke the same emotions for our audience with this movie." I'm not sure how captivating the moments leading up to the disaster will be as opposed to the disaster itself, but I guess we'll find out. Interested?