J.C. Chandor is Back at Sea for 'Deepwater Horizon' Oil Spill Drama
More than three years ago, Summit Entertainment and Participant Media were developing Deepwater Horizon, a film about the oil rig of the same name and the tragedy that followed after it exploded and unleashed massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the second largest environmental disaster in the United States. Previously, Snitch director Ric Roman Waugh was set to direct the film as we reported in 2012, but now Deadline reports it will be Margin Call and All is Lost director J.C. Chandor at the helm of the film from Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian.
Based on a New York Times article titled "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour" by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, the story has been adapted by Matthew Sand (writer of Ninja Assassin) and chronicles the final moments leading up to the fiery disaster. The most recent draft comes from Matthew Michael Carnahan, who previously scripted State of Play, The Kingdom, Lions for Lambs and World War Z. The film is said to be less about throwing BP under the bus for their carelessness, but rather about the survival and courage shown by those working on the oil rig. Chandor certainly worked wonders with the quiet but gripping All is Lost, and this story in his hands should be interesting.