I was a bit disappointed and concerned when news broke that JC Chandor left Deepwater Horizon due to creative differences. When I spoke to him in December, he seemed especially enthusiastic about the project and very knowledgeable about the 2010 BP oil spill, but just about a month and a half later, he was out. Peter Berg could be a fine replacement, but whereas his work is hit or miss, Chandor’s a guy who’s proved he’s a talented director eager to deliver something different three times over.
However, that doesn’t really matter now. Berg’s our guy, production is underway in New Orleans and we’ve already got our very first official image of Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams, the rig’s chief electronics technician who was one of the last crew members to escape the explosion. You can check out the Deepwater Horizon picture for yourself below. The film is due in theaters on September 30, 2016 and also stars Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson.
Here’s the official synopsis for Deepwater Horizon:
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.