Variety and Deadline report that "The Maze Runner" star Dylan O'Brien and Kurt Russell are in talks to join the true life film "Deepwater Horizon".
The story deals with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
which became the second largest environmental disaster in U.S.
history. The film charts what happened behind-the-scenes in the 48 hours
leading up to and the day of the disaster. It also details the acts of
heroism that followed in trying to rescue men in the water, stories
not known to the general public.
Peter Berg replaces Jc Chandor as director here. Berg's "Lone Survivor" star Mark Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on the rig in the film. Gina Rodriguez also stars.
No word on Russell's role, but O'Brien will play the rig's youngest crewman Caleb Holloway who survives but is devastated to have lost a majority of his crew.
Matthew Sand wrote the initial script that is based on The New York Times article. Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the most recent script draft. Ric Roman Waugh was poised to talks to direct the film at one point.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing. Production starts soon. The film is slated for a September 2016 release.