Frank Marshall to Direct Again on 'Longest Night' Coast Guard Drama
Right now producer Frank Marshall has his hands full with Jurassic World, the latest sequel (which also seems to be sort of a reboot) in the Jurassic Park franchise launched by Steven Spielberg in 1993. Marshall has produced some of the biggest franchises of all time like Back to the Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and now he's looking to get back behind the camera as a director. The last time Marshall directed a film, it was Disney's Antarctic adventure Eight Below with the late Paul Walker in 2006, and before that, Congo in 1995. Now THR reports Marshall will direct a shipwreck drama called The Longest Night at Paramount.
Lethal Weapon 4 writer Jonathan Lemkin scripted the film which is based on the article of the same name by Sean Flynn that appeared in a December 2008 issue of GQ, detailing a true-life Coast Guard rescue operation that unfolded on Easter Sunday (near-perfect timing) in 2008 when an Alaskan trawler sank in frigid waters that were 6,000 feet deep. The Alaska Ranger was carrying 47 people when it went down 180 miles from shore with 15-foot swells surrounding it, but the Coast Guard managed to rescue 42 of those onboard. It's likely no coincidence that this news comes shortly after Chris Pine joined The Finest Hours, another coast guard rescue drama, last week. After all, Hollywood loves doubling up with similar stories at least once a year nowadays, but we hope each has something different to bring to the table.