Entitled “Deepwater Horizon,” the film is based largely on a New York Times article titled “Deepwater Horizon’s final hour” which focuses on the 48 hours before the oil rig exploded.
In it, NYT writers David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul detail the results of dozens of interviews with 21 crew members and written statements from nearly all of the other 94 people who escaped the rig.
“What emerges is a stark and singular fact: crew members died and suffered terrible injuries because every one of the Horizon’s defenses failed on April 20,” the writers say in the piece published eight months after the April 20, 2010 disaster.
Material gathered tells the story of crew members efforts to escape, “half-naked and dripping in highly combustible gas, crawl(ing) inch by inch in pitch darkness, willing themselves to the lifeboat deck.”
“All is Lost” director J.C. Chandor will direct the movie with Wahlberg starring as the stricken oil rig’s manager.
Eleven men died in the accident, which is widely considered to be the worst marine oil spill in history.