Peter Berg Replacing J.C. Chandor as 'Deepwater Horizon' Director
After directing Robert Redford in All is Lost, filmmaker J.C. Chandor was slated to return to sea with 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. However, The Wrap reports that Chandor has now been replaced by Peter Berg on the film that will star Mark Wahlberg, who last worked with the director on his military drama Lone Survivor. Reportedly, Chandor left the Lionsgate project due to creative differences.
In addition, the trade reports Berg's Battleship star Liam Neeson and Michael Keaton are also being sought for roles in the film, but their specific characters have been revealed. 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 The Kingdom for Peter Berg, so there's all sorts of reunions happening here. Lionsgate currently has Deepwater Horizon set for release on September 30th, 2016. Stay tuned for more.