First announced back in early 2011, we're finally receiving the first casting rumors for the upcoming "Deepwater Horizon" drama about the 2010 BP oil spill. Based on the acclaimed NY Times' essay "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour," the film will chronicle the events leading up to the explosive destruction of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig — and the crew on board responsible for its operation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Wahlberg is reportedly considering an offer to star in the film. The "Transformers" star would apparently take on the role of "Manager No. 2" on the Deepwater. Director J.C. Chandor ("All is Lost") is currently working from a draft screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan ("World War Z").
Carnahan's screenplay reportedly takes place in the 48 hours leading to the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon, an event that resulted in the deaths of 11 crewmen and triggered the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. More than 100 crewmembers were on board at the time of the disaster, with many involved in trying to save the rig, and then after the explosion, their fellow colleagues.
“This film will portray the great heroism that took place last year on the Deepwater Horizon rig and how colleagues so courageously came to each other’s aide," said Erik Feig, president of production for Summit Entertainment, which bought the film rights to the story.
"This piece in The New York Times evoked the raw emotion these brave men experienced and endured throughout the tragedy that took place in April of last year, and we hope to evoke the same emotions for our audience with this movie."
Filming on "Deepwater" is expected to begin sometime early next year.
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