Director J.C. Chandor Discusses His DEEPWATER HORIZON Movie; Confirms Mark Wahlberg Will Lead the “Big, Dramatic Blockbuster”

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Writer/director J.C. Chandor has made three feature films now, and each one couldn’t be more different from the others.  His debut, Margin Call, is a talky drama that takes place in a Wall Street investment bank over the course of one 36-hour period during the initial stages of the financial crisis.  His second film, All Is Lost, is a nearly silent survival movie dripping with subtext.  And his most recent film, the upcoming A Most Violent Year, is a character-centric crime drama set against the backdrop of a family-run heating oil business in 1981 New York City.  So it didn’t come as a huge shock when Chandor agreed to next tackle Deepwater Horizon, a Mark Wahlberg-fronted film that tells the story of the oil rig disaster of April 2010 that killed 11 people.

Perri caught up with Chandor recently in anticipation of the release of A Most Violent Year, and during the course of their interview the filmmaker spoke quite a bit about his plans and vision for the Deepwater Horizon movie.  He revealed that they’re building a replica of the rig in the Six Flags Great Adventure parking lot, adding that the “big, dramatic blockbuster” will focus on the events on the rig and is solely based on what factually happened during the event.  Read on after the jump.


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A few release dates to announce:

  • New Line moved the Vacation reboot starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate to October 9, 2015.
  • Deepwater Horizon is set for September 30, 2016.  Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in writer/director J.C. Chandor‘s follow-up to All Is Lost.
  • A Little Chaos will open March 27, 2015.  Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman star in the feature directed by Rickman.

Dates via Box Office Mojo.  More on each project after the jump.

Mark Wahlberg in Talks for DEEPWATER HORIZON; Sigourney Weaver Joins A MONSTER CALLS, Passes on EXPENDABELLES

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The oil rig disaster film Deepwater Horizon has found its leading man.  All Is Lost helmer J.C. Chandor signed on to direct the pic last month, and now Deadline reports that Mark Wahlberg is in talks to take on the lead role.  The film is based on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster of April 2010 and focuses on the rig workers that were on site during the explosion that killed 11 people and injured 16 others.  Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously likened the the pic to A Perfect Storm, so nabbing Wahlberg for the lead role feels like a swell fit.  The actor will play the Number 2 manager onboard, with Chandor eyeing a spring or early summer 2015 production start date.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Sigourney Weaver, including the status of her involvement with the female Expendables movie.

DEEPWATER HORIZON Movie Finds Potential New Director in ALL IS LOST Helmer J.C. Chandor

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Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s film Deepwater Horizon has been in development for quite some time.  About two years ago, we reported that director Ric Roman Waugh was in talks for the project.  But things never stay the same in Hollywood and, needless to say, at some point during the development process he fell off the project.  The new helmer in talks for the project is All ls Lost writer/director J.C. Chandor.

I actually have yet to see All Is Lost, but I hear it’s a total knockout (some people I trust prefer it to the similarly structured Gravity), so on paper this seems like a wise decision.  Lionsgate/Summit and Participant are going to need someone who can craft a taut piece of work without coming across as disrespectful to the lives that were lost (and the environmental damage that ensued) that day.  Hit the jump for more on Deepwater Horizon.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Says Joe Carnahan Is Working on FIVE AGAINST A BULLET; Gives Update on DEEPWATER HORIZON

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As the producer behind the Transformers franchise, the Red series, and films like Salt and The Last Stand, Lorenzo di Bonaventura always has a number of irons in the fire with regards to upcoming projects.  While speaking with the producer at the Transformers: Age of Extinction junket in Hong Kong recently, Steve also took the opportunity to talk with di Bonaventura about the films he has in development, and he provided some promising updates on a few projects.  The producer revealed that director Joe Carnahan is now working on the ensemble action film Five Against a Bullet, and provided a status update on the oil rig disaster film Deepwater Horizon.  Hit the jump to read on.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, What He’d Like to See in G.I. JOE 3, Filming at NASA, JACK RYAN, RED 2, and Much More

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Jon M. Chu’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation is now playing in theaters.  The sequel’s story finds the Joes disbanded and outnumbered as they must square off against not only the Cobras, but also threats within their own government.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum,  D.J. Cotrona, Elodie YungRay ParkByung-hun Lee, Ray Stevenson, Walton Goggins, RZA and Adrianne Palicki For more on the film, here’s clips, images, on set interviews, and all our previous coverage.

Last weekend, I sat down with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for an extended interview.  Over the past few days we’ve posted what he said about Jack Ryan and Red 2, an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel American Assassin and the true story Deepwater Horizon.  But that was just the tip of the iceberg, because we also talked about making G.I. Joe, the nine-minute dialogue-free action sequence featuring Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, the 3D post conversion, changes from the first film, the rumored reshoots, what it was like to film at NASA, how involved Hasbro is with the project, and what he’d like to see in G.I. Joe 3 if they make it.  In addition, we also talked about how the collapsing home video market has changed the way movies are made, the lack of risk-taking with regards to the material that studios are choosing to make, the difficulty of selling sci-fi and the key to landing audience interest, whether he’s read any great scripts recently, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.


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Though producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is best known for his huge tentpole films like the Transformers franchise and the G.I. Joe series, his resume is also filled out with more character-centric pics like Side Effects and Red.  Steve recently spoke with di Bonaventura in anticipation of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and got updates from the producer on a number of upcoming projects, and today we’re sharing what the producer had to say about a couple of “smaller” films that he’s producing: an adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel American Assassin and the true story Deepwater Horizon.

American Assassin tells the story of a college scholar and athelete who becomes a relentless anti-terrorism agent for the CIA, while Deepwater Horizon is a feature film based on the events of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster that killed 11 people and injured 16 others.  Di Bonaventura gave an update on the progress of American Assassin and talked about his passion for Deepwater Horizon, which he likens to A Perfect Storm.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say about these two projects as well as the hostage rescue film The Mission.

Ric Roman Waugh to Direct Oil Rig Disaster Film DEEPWATER HORIZON

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Summit Entertainment has tapped Ric Roman Waugh to direct a feature film based on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster that occurred in April of 2010.  Per Deadline, the film is titled Deepwater Horizon and is based on The New York Times article Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.  Scripted by Matthew Sand (Ninja Assassin), the film will focus on the oil rig workers that were on site during the explosion that killed 11 people and injured 16 others.  We’ll apparently see the minutes leading up to the explosion and the survivors’ attempt to stay alive.

Waugh has a long career as a stuntman on his resume, and previously directed 2008’s Felon.  He’s currently filming his follow-up feature, Snitch, with Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon.  No word on how soon Summit is hoping to get Deepwater Horizon into production, but Waugh will presumably be busy for quite some time with Snitch.

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