by Michael dEstries
Categories: Film/TV.

greenpeace

An impressive team of major Hollywood players is behind a new film detailing the birth of the environmental organization Greenpeace. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, Cool Runnings, While You Were Sleeping) will direct, Jerry Zucker (Naked Gun, Airplane!) and wife Janet will produce, and The West Wing’s Andy Sorkin has been approached to write the script.

According to the UK Guardian, the story will be told through the eyes of Greenpeace’s charismatic founders, Bob Hunter and Rex Weyler. “We want to look at these unlikely heroes who became activists in spite of themselves,” Janet Zucker told Variety. “Jon likes to make a big adventure movies. And we’ve found that the best way to reach people’s hearts and minds is through entertainment.”

The title of the flick is yet to be determined, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s pulled from one of the two books the movie is being based on; Rex Wyler’s “Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists, and Visionaries Changed the World” and Bob Hunter’s “Warriors of the Rainbow: A Chronicle of the Greenpeace Movement”

Warriors of the Rainbow anyone?

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Rainbow Warrior

    this is great news and a super crew – now i’m curious about the cast!!!

  • Elaine G

    I am also curious about casting and my first thought for the title was “Warriors of the Rainbow” as well.

  • fred easton

    From one who was there, I think it a little over the top to characterize Rex Weyler as a “charismatic founder”. This is a bit of shameless self-promotion.

    However, I suppose those who write history have the questionable ability to interpret it to suit themselves.

    Rex was no more nor less than anyone of us on that first anti-whaling voyage. (Remember ther was one woman on board. Don’t forget her!

    Rex was NOT on the first voyage so he could hardly be called a “founder”.

  • http://www.rexweyler.com Rex Weyler

    Fred Easton is correct that I was not on the first Greenpeace boat, and he’s also correct that I’m “no more nor less than anyone” else who was around in the 1970s, the first decade of Greenpeace.

    People who were involved in those early years as Greenpece was born and eventually became an international organization are sometimes called “founders,” but I have an entire section on my website (www.rexweyler.com)about the founders and short bios of all the people involved, including Fred Easton.

    My book, which will be used as a source for this film, goes to great lengths to pay tribute to everyone who contributed to the founding and development of Greenpeace. Particularly Irving and Dorothy Stowe, Ben and Dorothy Metcalfe, Zoe & Bob Hunter, Bobbi Hunter, and so forth. Many of these founders were not on crew the first boat. There were a dozen people behind the scenes for every person on any of the Greenpeace boats.

    But really, this is just quibbling. One of the things Bob Hunter and I used to lament, was how much damage the individual ego could inflict on collective social movements. Who gets called a “founder” is quibbling ego. The real pillars of Greenpeace, the Stowes, Metcalfes, Bob Hunter, were all people who didn’t give two hoots about who was called a “founder.” They were dedicated to the issues, not ego gratification.

    This is going to be a great film, and I’m really thrilled that high integrity people like the Zuckers are behind the developement.

    Rex Weyler
    author: Greenpeace: The Inside Story

  • Moneky Grrrl

    High integrity and Hollywood are sometimes at two opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the filmmaking process, especially after the initial honeymoon phase. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this. Meanwhile, anybody who wants to catch a great environmental film about Sea Shepherd Conservation Society can check out “At the Edge of the World.”

    See details at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286499/.

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