Ric Roman Waugh to Direct a Movie About the BP Oil Spill Disaster
by Ben Pearson
July 25, 2012
Even though the BP oil spill happened over two years ago, its effects are still being felt not only in the affected region, but in pop culture. "South Park" had an episode devoted to the disaster, and the recent pilot episode of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" portrayed a fictional news team on the brink of the story as it was happening. Now Deadline reports director Ric Roman Waugh (Dwayne Johnson's upcoming Snitch) will be at the helm of Deepwater Horizon, a film telling the story of the brave people who worked on the deep sea rig leading up to the explosion and the dozens who fought to stay alive after things went sour.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer known for movies like G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and Transformers, is shepherding this one through his Di Bonaventura Pictures production company, so chances are pretty good we'll see some slick action here (at the very least for the iconic explosion). Matthew Sand wrote the script, and with only James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin credited to his name so far, it's safe to say this will be an entirely different type of film from the writer. There's no cast or start date announced yet, but Waugh - who may be related to Act of Valor co-director Scott Waugh, since they both used to be stuntmen who worked on many of the same films - is wrapping up production on Snitch right now, so we'll keep you posted on Deepwater Horizon as more info comes to the surface.