×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Deepwater Horizon Disaster Movie Draws ‘All Is Lost’ Director J.C. Chandor

J.C. Chandor, director of “All Is Lost,” has come on board Summit and Participant Media’s movie on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig tragedy.

Summit and Participant acquired feature rights in 2011 to The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” written in December 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) and Mark Vahradian are 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.”

Chandor is in post-production on “A Most Violent Year” with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain for A24,  FilmNation and Participant.

Chandor is repped by WME.

News was first reported by the Deadline.com site.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Cats Movie

    'Cats' New Trailer Hits, Internet Sharpens Claws

    Universal Pictures debuted the full length trailer for “Cats” Tuesday, giving viewers another look at “digital fur technology” and attempting to answer what Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is actually about. “Tonight is a magical night,” Judi Dench’s Old Deuteronomy narrates in the new footage, “where I choose the cat that deserves a new life,” After [...]

  • Everybody Changes

    New Cadence Productions Acquires Domestic Rights to Panama's 'Everybody Changes'

    New Cadence Productions has acquired North American rights to the transgender family drama “Everybody Changes,” Panama’s official selection for the 92nd annual Academy Awards. The movie from writer-director Arturo Montenegro tells the true story of a Panamanian couple with three children who grapple with the father’s decision to come out as a transgender woman. “Everybody [...]

  • Apollo 11

    'American Factory,' 'Apollo 11' Receive PGA Documentary Nominations

    The Producers Guild of America has unveiled the nominations for its 2020 Documentary Motion Picture awards. “Advocate,” “American Factory,” “Apollo 11,” “The Cave,” “For Sama,” “Honeyland” and “One Child Nation” were nominated. The winner will be announced on Jan. 18 at the 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hollywood Palladium. The PGA said Tuesday [...]

  • Awkwafina Taron Egerton Variety Actors on

    Taron Egerton and Awkwafina Share a Love for Elton John, ‘My Vag’ and Miss Piggy

    Awkwafina (“The Farewell”) and Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) sat down for a chat for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” For more, click here. Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John in “Rocketman” is both extravagant and humanizing, as he reinterprets John’s classic songs to tell the iconic singer’s life story. In “The Farewell,” Awkwafina plays Billi, a [...]

  • Roman Polanski

    French Guild Moves Closer to Sanctions on Members Accused of Sexual Misconduct

    France’s authors, directors and producers guild has moved a step closer to imposing sanctions on any member under investigation for or guilty of a sexual offense – a process that could result in the suspension of controversial director Roman Polanski. The board of the ARP voted Monday evening in favor of the policy, which now [...]

  • Jumanji The Next Level

    Hollywood Banks on 'Star Wars,' 'Jumanji 2' for Big Box Office Finish

    When exhibitor Jeff Logan talks to friends and customers about upcoming movies, he’s sometimes greeted with a shrug. “I’ll tell them there’s a new ‘Terminator’ and they’ve brought back Arnold and Linda Hamilton, and they don’t seem too excited about that,” says Logan. “Or there’s another ‘Rambo,’ and they’ll go, ‘Geez, isn’t he getting old?’ [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content