Mark Wahlberg is reportedly in talks to star in a film about the biggest oil spill in American history.
The still untitled film will be based on the New York Times’ article ‘Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours’ and tell the story of the 48 hours leading up to the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.
When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up, 11 of the workers were killed and another 16 injured. If the deal goes through, Walhberg will play No. 2 manager at the oil rig. The movie reportedly will highlight the courage of those workers who rescued their friends and the events in their lives right before the explosion.
“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 when the film was first conceptualized in 2011. “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.”
Millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the explosion affecting the ecosystem severely for years to follow but that will not be the focus of the film.
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