Chris Pine to Star in Disney's Coast Guard Drama 'The Finest Hours'
by Ethan Anderton
April 18, 2014
For the most part, over the past few years, Chris Pine has taken on big blockbusters like Star Trek, last year's sequel and this year's disappointing Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Now he's sticking with studio films, but looking to get a little more serious with his acting chops. THR has word that Pine is in talks to lead The Finest Hours, a coast guard drama set back in 1952 and based on the non-fiction book of the same name about how two oil tankers were caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the US and Atlantic Canada. What happened is unbelievable, and worthy of the big screen.
During the storm, the two oil tankers were split in town, dumping all 84 of their crew members into the swirling sea, leaving the coast guard doing their best to save as many as they could. Disney's Million Dollar Arm director Craig Gillespie (who also directed the remake of Fright Night) is also in talks to take on the film, with a script by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (who wrote The Fighter). Negotiations previously happened with RED and R.I.P.D. director Robert Schwentke, but a deal didn't work out since polishing the script took longer than anticipated, and he decided to go direct the Divergent sequel Insurgent instead. Hopefully Pine can find a decent drama to keep his career strong. Thoughts?
Chris will do well as he has on all his projects. Even in Jack Ryan he got good reviews, while the plot and story line did not. Hopefully Finest Hours will have good writing and the director will prove himself as well. I think Disney is a good choice at this point.
Sue Engler on Apr 18, 2014
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