It is time to save the whales. In Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Today, the development of a film treatment detailing the early years of the Greenpeace movement was announced. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) has been signed to direct the movie which will be produced by Jerry and Janet Zucker in conjunction with Aurelius Films. Perhaps taking a page from the critically-acclaimed The Cove (and its thrilling black-ops filmmaking) Janet Zucker envisions the film as a large-scale, elaborating, “Jon likes to make big adventure movies. And we’ve found that the best way to reach people’s hearts and minds is through entertainment. For details on the project, hit the jump.
Though no writer has been officially selected, Variety is reporting that Aaron Sorkin has been approached. The film will likely take place during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the period in which Greenpeace transitioned from a local, grassroots organization in Vancouver, British Columbia with international partners and became a global organization operating in a fashion similar to the multinational corporations it was fighting. The story is to center on Bob Hunter and Rex Weyler, the first President and Director of Greenpeace, respectively.
Given Greenpeace’s reputation for passionate, risky and sometimes controversial protests, the project sound promising, especially in the hands of a writer li.ke Sorkin. At the very least I hope the movie is successful so we can get the sequel, The Greenpeace Saga: New Tide.