It was the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and now it’s going to be a major motion picture. The BP oil spill will be the subject of a new movie now in production by Summit Entertainment, Participant Media, and Imagenation Abu Dhabi, who acquired the rights to investigative piece “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” published in The New York Times.
The article, written by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, details the events leading up to the disaster, but Summit doesn’t seem to want to point fingers or make political statements with the film. “This film will portray the great heroism that took place last year on the Deepwater Horizon rig and how colleagues so courageously came to each other’s aid,” said Summit production president Erik Feig, “This piece in The New York Times evoked the raw emotion these brave men experienced and endured throughout the tragedy that took place in April of last year, and we hope to evoke the same emotions for our audience with this movie.”
The screenplay will be written by Matthew Sand, whose only other writing credit is the rather loud and mindless action flick “Ninja Assassin,” so it will be interesting to see how Sand handles that “raw emotion.” But the choice only seems to nail down the fact that this movie will be more action-oriented and less intent on activism. However, Participant Media is known for creating social action and advocacy programs with their films, so even if the movie itself doesn’t carry a message of activism, it looks as though the publicity around it will.
It will be quite a while until we know for sure, but here’s hoping this movie does take a political stance and raises the debate again about our dependence as a nation on oil. More electric vehicles, anyone?