With Steven Soderbergh stepping away from the world of moviemaking, if you’re looking for a another filmmaker with his same spirit of exploration and productivity, J.C. Chandor seems to fit the bill. He hasn’t wasted a moment since breaking out with the talky, financial world drama “Margin Call.” He switched it up for his next movie, the nearly wordless survival tale “All Is Lost,” and Chandor already has his period-set immigration tale “A Most Violent Year” with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in the can, with a release planned for this fall. But instead of taking a break, he’s lining up his next film.
Deadline reports that Chandor will take the helm of “Deepwater Horizon.” Can you guess what it’s about? Indeed, it’s based on the The New York Times article from Christmas Day, 2010, detailing the explosion on the oil rig that led to one of the biggest environmental disaster in United States history. But rather than playing the politics of the incident, Chandor’s film, that has a recent draft of the script by Matthew Michael Carnahan (“World War Z,” “State Of Play“), will focus on the 100 workers who were on board, trying to stop a bad event from getting worse.
Things are coming together for “Deepwater Horizon” to shoot this winter, but until then, check out this video reconstructs from the Times that recreates the collapse of the oil rig.