“Deepwater Horizon,” the movie, has been under discussion since 2011, and shooting is expected to begin this winter, according to Deadline.
The film will focus on the April 20, 2010, explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which resulted in 11 deaths and 16 injuries.
J.C. Chandor, who recently finished directing Robert Redford in the survival film “All Is Lost,” is reportedly in talks to direct the Deepwater Horizon movie, Variety reported.
The storyline is based upon a New York Times article, “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” published Dec. 25, 2010, Deadline said. Feature rights to the article were obtained in 2012 by Summit Entertainment and Participant Media.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are expected to produce the movie, whose most recent draft was written by “World War Z” screenwirter Matthew Michael Carnahan, Deadline said.
Chandor may be best known for directing “Margin Call,” the 2011 Oscar-nominated thriller set in an investment banking firm and starring Simon Baker.
He has also written and directed the forthcoming “A Most Violent Year,” according to Variety.