Ridley Scott has boarded “Shadow Divers,” a Fox 2000 adaptation of the Robert Kurson bestseller. Scott will direct the film and produce under his Scott Free banner.
Fox 2000 prexy Elizabeth Gabler and exec Rodney Ferrell bought the book last year and brought in William Broyles to adapt it.
Story follows two wreck divers who in 1991 discovered the hull of a German U-boat in waters off New Jersey. The divers spent seven years searching for the truth behind the ship and men who died inside it.
“We always felt this material was special, rich and emotional, with phenomenal characters who risked much to learn what fate befell these unknown soldiers at the end of WWII,” Gabler said.
“We brought in Bill Broyles, who did ‘Cast Away’ for us, and once we got his early draft, showed it to Ridley. He is a tough date, he doesn’t say yes a lot, but he responded immediately,” she added.
Broyles, who most recently adapted the Anthony Swofford memoir “Jarhead” into the Sam Mendes-directed film, met with Scott and came away with notes for a rewrite.
The director, who last helmed “Kingdom of Heaven,” hasn’t committed to his next film. Gabler said “Shadow Divers” is logistically complicated and will require significant prep time.