Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Set for Sept. 2016 Release

Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig
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Lionsgate has dated Mark Wahlberg’s “Deepwater Horizon” drama for Sept. 30, 2016.

J.C. Chandor, director of “All Is Lost,” is directing the Summit-Participant Media movie centered around the oil rig tragedy. The companies acquired feature rights in 2011 to The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” written by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul.

The 2010 explosion of Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men working on the platform and injured 17 others. The subsequent gusher wasn’t capped for three months.

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (“Red,” the “Transformers” franchise) is producing. Matthew Sand penned the first draft of the script and Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the most recent draft.

The project is in line with Participant’s focus on issue-oriented projects such as “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Cove,” “Waiting for Superman” and “Fair Game.”

“Deepwater Horizon” is the first title to be dated for Sept. 30, 2016.

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  1. Florida Native says:

    As a Florida native that lives on the West Coast I cannot believe they are calling the crew members of Deep Horizon heroes. After the rig blew up the crew left and went to a hotel. How does that make them a heros I don’t get it ! They did nothing to help cap/stop the oil that spilt for 87 days, millions of barrels of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. Not only did that kill many animals the disbursements that they put in the water is still affecting people to this day over six years later. I will not eat fish out of the Gulf of Mexico! Somethings tragic events affect people differently when they happened where you live more so then when you live somewhere else.

  2. Greg Williams says:

    Thank you “Wife of a real hero” that is exactly what needs to be said. “Why are you so negative”, the lash out could have been about anything but if you read the NY Times write about the situation and the event, he was actually going to take one of the aft lifeboats just after he left people for dead in the hallways of the engine room, without checking on them. Yes, I support what Wife of a real hero is saying. I spent 7 years onboard that rig. Proud of its accomplishments as well as the people onboard. I did not know Mike Williams but I will say that an Electrician is far beyond control of any decision made onboard a drilling vessel. With this being said, then yes, that interview was eschewed and so was the story. So yes, if this how the script is written then it is wrong. But we are not Hollywood and they will not turn back from something that has been on the go for almost two years now to get to the big screen. But what we can do is be involved with it as it stands now, with whatever we can do. Support or not support. If the film is based on the tragedy and the loss of those 11 great men, then thats fine but if its based on the Heroism of someone that was not and leads into lies as such from the interviews and the stories, then we are no better seeing this than we are a military conflict overseas as seen on Fox News.

    Greg Williams
    Floorhand to Driller
    Proud Deepwater Horizon Crew Member
    2001-2008

    • Why are you so negative? says:

      Maybe all of you need to watch the hearings on cspan. ALL of the survivors had to state under oath the events leading to the explosion. Mike Williams stated his recollection of the events, again, under oath in front of the coast guard. I would love to know why “wife of a true hero,” believes her husband is a hero rather than throwing shade onto others. Mike Williams hasn’t ever claimed to be second in command, rather misinformed journalists are printing this in articles. The movie is based on an article published in the New York Times, with stories compiled from many members of the crew. The writers of that article even said that the survivor’s stories all matched up, which is unusual when an event like this occurs. If you weren’t there, you DON’T and NEVER will know what truly happened. Have a nice day!!!

  3. Wife of a real hero says:

    This is a joke. This script starts talking about a person who was not even close to second in command and was not being moved up to “Head Honcho” and telling the suits what to do….I just had to laugh, then I was irate. Now I’m in shock. As a matter of fact most of the men on the rig considered his interview on TV a joke and inaccurate. So if this movie starts like that, the whole movie will be a joke and not accurate as to what happened on that rig. This will piss a lot of the surviving crew members off and it should. A lot of research needs to be done to get the stories of the real heroes here. If Mark Walhberg is considering playing him, well right off the bat, he was not second in command and had no real authority and deemed a hero by who? The guy writing the script because he made himself available? When I tell my loved one who is a real hero and in the middle of all this how this script starts out, he will blow his top!!! This movie will be the laughing stock and shame the deep water horizon crew. Start a reright this now before it’s too late. Don’t base anything on that interview or the illusion given of what happened. If you want to honor the crew and do it right.

    • Why are you so negative? says:

      I’m at a loss for why you would lash out at Mike Williams. It seems like you hide behind being “wife of a true hero.” Let your husband’s story be heard and speak out without anonymity. I’ll say it again. The life boats left him…he was trying to trouble shoot with other men…he was one of the last off the rig and had to jump into the water…Maybe you should try bring grateful that your hero husband is alive instead of throwing stones in others yards. Most likely you are green with envy.

  4. Tira Sexton says:

    I served as an OIM on the Deepwater Horizon from 2002 to 2003. There were still a few men I knew from that time that were still working on the rig when it blew up and sank. I am concerned that this movie will be a farce, unrealistic, and totally disrespectful to the 11 men that died. I hope the people that make this movie have the good sense to hire some technical consultants that actually have worked on Drilling rigs.

    A former Deepwater Horizon crewmember.

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