Actor and burger mogul Mark Walhberg is in talks to star in a movie about the BP oil spill, based on a dramatic article published in the New York Times after the 2010 disaster.
Titled “Deepwater Horizon”, the movie is based on what happened on the rig before everything went south, and the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez was unleashed on the Gulf Coast. The article, “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” has tension, explosions, and the details the acts of the oil rig’s crew, of which 11 died and 16 were injured; 94 people escaped with their lives. Imagine a Hindenberg-type story structure, as the article breaks down the two-part disaster right up front. First, the pipe’s blowout, and then the destruction of the oil rig, which “on paper,” experts agree should have been able to withstand the blowout and not be destroyed.
Wahlberg will star as the No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig in the story about what happened behind-the-scenes in the 48 hours leading up to and the day of the disaster. It revisits the acts of heroism that followed in trying to rescue men in the water, stories not known to the general public.
Presumably, the movie will include all the explosions and screams from the very vivid Times story, along with more heartbreaking personal details that were cut from the Times’ article – like sentimental backstories on the crew members, maybe some flashbacks to happier times off the exploding rig. You know, the Hollywood touch on a massive environmental and human disaster. Deepwater Horizon is being directed by J.C. Chandor, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian for Lionsgate.