Screen Junkies » deepwater horizon http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:49:33 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Mark Wahlberg In Talks To Star In ‘Deepwater Horizon’ About The BP Gulf Oil Spill http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-in-talks-to-star-in-deepwater-horizon-about-the-bp-gulf-oil-spill/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-wahlberg-in-talks-to-star-in-deepwater-horizon-about-the-bp-gulf-oil-spill/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:33:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264296 He gets to dust off his "I'm being serious, but also completely confused" face.

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Mark Wahlberg‘s reputation as a dramatic actor is a little spotty, which is probably due more to his choice in some questionable roles (The Happening?) than it has to do with his chops (The Fighter, Lone Survivor, Fear). In what might be his most Oscar-baity role yet, he’s circling starring in Deepwater Horizon, a film that will recount the final hours of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that ravaged the coastal areas.

The film is based on a New Yorker Times article titled “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour.” In that “final hour,” 11 people were killed and 16 injured as the oil rig exploded.

Wahlberg would play the second-in-command in a script coming from the writer of World War Z, Matthew Michael Carnahan. No word on release date yet, but…soon.

(Deadline)

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BP Oil Rig Explosion To Become A Movie, (Spoiler Alert) OIL EVERYWHERE! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bp-oil-rig-explosion-to-become-a-movie-spoiler-alert-oil-everywhere/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bp-oil-rig-explosion-to-become-a-movie-spoiler-alert-oil-everywhere/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:55:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=111144 The demise of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig will be the subject of a feature film. Buy stock in prop oil companies now.

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The demise of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig will be the subject of a feature film after Summit and Participant have picked up the rights to a New York Times article detailing the final hour of the doomed rig and the workers on it. The article (read it here) is a detailed account of the catastrophe that took place aboard the manned rig on April 20, 2010.

The nature of the story, lends itself well to a disaster-film treatment, as over 110 people survived the explosion, but 11 perished on the rig and in the ocean. Screenwriter Matthew Sand will pen the script, which will focus on the moments leading up to the explosion and the fallout from it. It is said to focus on the heroism of both the survivors and those who died by staying and rescuing others.

Sounds like Hollywood couldn’t script a more compelling story if they tried. It will be interesting to see, with the large number of survivors, if this is played as doomed tale like Titanic or focuses more optimistically on the survivors a la Armageddon. If they could get the CEO of BP apologizing profusely, or perhaps fictionalizing the story enough so that he blows up, that would probably be ok with most viewers too. (Coming Soon)

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