TV Director Tim Van Patten to Helm Coast Guard Film 'Finest Hours'
While a lot of mainstream movie directors are jumping over to television these days as it becomes a more celebrated home for uncompromising long-form drama, there are still a fair share of TV directors that are trying to make the leap into feature filmmaking, too. Variety reports that Tim Van Patten is the latest to successfully cross the chasm, as he's now lined up to direct a Coast Guard drama for Walt Disney Pictures called The Finest Hours. Van Patten has worked on great TV shows like "The Wire", "Game of Thrones", "Boardwalk Empire", and "Deadwood", just to name a few, so he definitely has our attention. More below.
The Finest Hours tells the story of the extraordinary real-life rescue of over 70 men in 1952 off the coast of Cape Cod, when a blizzard caused two oil tankers to crash and tear into four huge pieces. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson wrote the screenplay, and though Tamasy was the mastermind behind the Air Bud franchise (yep, the one with the dog playing sports), he and Johnson most recently collaborated on David O. Russell's The Fighter, which earned them both Oscar noms. Van Patten has terrific experience on some of the finest shows in history, and it's always fascinating to see if small screen talent can translate to big screen success.