With the man behind of A Most Violent Year, J.C. Chandor departing the directors chair for drama Deepwater Horizon, a new face was needed to helm the film and rumours point to Lone Survivor director Peter Berg. With “creative differences” causing Chandor to leave, it seems Berg’s connection to Mark Wahlberg could be what’s bagged him the job.
The Wrap reported the news that, since Wahlberg is set to star, and he and Berg have worked together before, this could have lead to Berg stepping in for the job. With Lionsgate and Participant Media backing the film and Lorenzo di Bonavantura to produce, Deepwater Horizon tells the story of the world’s worst oil spill in US history, after the explosion of an offshore drilling rig. The film is adapted from the New York Times article by David Barstow, David Rhode and Stephanie Saul, which chronicled how the explosion on the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 killed 11 people, injured 17 and spilled terrible amounts of oil into the ocean for months.
With Wahlberg set to play Mike Williams, the supervisor of the old rig, it is rumoured that both Liam Neeson and Michael Keaton may be up for parts also. However, there are no solid comments on what characters they could portray. It will be a while to wait for this drama though, as Deepwater Horizon is set for release on September 30, 2016.