It’ll be interesting to see if Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” goes the route of the spectacular drama like “In The Heart Of The Sea” and “The Walk,” and if it can actually engage audiences in a way those films couldn’t. Originally a project J.C. Chandor was going to direct, the filmmaker eventually walked due to creative differences, presumably meaning Chandor wanted a drama and the studio wanted something much more epic and explosive. And it seems like the latter is what they probably got by tapping Peter Berg, known for muscular action dramas like “Lone Survivor” and “Battleship.” And the new trailer basically bears that out.
Focusing in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, one of the greatest man-made disasters in our history, the BP calamity wasn’t only a environmental catastrophe, but also a human one that cost the lives of 24 oil workers employed to help drill for oil off the coast of Louisiana. The film stars Mark Wahlberg. Here’s the official synopsis:
Based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.
Co-starring Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson, “Deepwater Horizon” opens in theaters on September 30th. Watch the first trailer below.