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Earlier today we got our first look at some images from Deepwater Horizon, a new movie based on the 2014 disaster that saw the destruction of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the ongoing environmental catastrophe caused by millions of gallons of oil spewing into the ocean. Summit Entertainment wasted no time in following up those images with a trailer for the movie and wow. Seriously, wow. This is a great, great teaser trailer. Peter Berg may not be everyone's favorite filmmaker. Movies like Battleship make him a bit of an easy target. But Berg is at his absolute best when he's telling stories about everyday Americans just trying to get on with their lives, and Deepwater Horizon almost looks like what would happen if Friday Night Lights suddenly turned into a...
- Peter Hall
Pieces: Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, above) will star in and direct Pieces, described as a drama "about three best friends from Detroit who change the course of their lives by intercepting a drug run." Kitsch wrote the original screenplay and will make his directorial debut. Peter Berg, who worked with Kitsch on the Friday Night Lights TV series and also the big-budget Battleship, as well as Lone Survivor, will serve as one of the producers. [Deadline] An Unnamed State: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion) will reteam with director Gina Prince-Bythewood to make An Unnamed State, based on a novel by Roxane Gay. Prince-Bythewood and Gay will write the script together; the story follows a privileged Haitian-American woman who is kidnapped and held for ransom. The...
- Peter Martin
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, Battleship), this harrowing story honours the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.
The film is based upon an article by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times.
Berg and Wahlberg previously collaborated on the superb 2013 American war film Lone Survivor based on the 2007 book. The movie opened to strong financial success and a generally positive critical response.
- Melissa Thompson
One of the worst man-made disasters in history is coming to the big screen.
Deepwater Horizon tells the true story of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 that killed twenty-four oil workers who were hired to drill for oil off the coast of Louisiana. The accident occurred on April 20th, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mark Wahlberg stars as an oil worker, alongside Kurt Russell, Dylan O'Brien, and John Malkovich. Kate Hudson plays his wife, and the trailer eerily depicts their family teaching their young daughter about dad's job, juxtaposed with the accident. Writer/Director J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All is Lost) co-wrote the screenplay, which is being directed by Peter Berg, most known for big action films like Battleship and Lone Survivor.
Check out the new trailer below and see Deepwater Horizon when it hits theatres on September 30th. »
- Adriana Floridia
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. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 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 »
- Edward Davis
Pieces: Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, above) will star in and direct Pieces, described as a drama "about three best friends from Detroit who change the course of their lives by intercepting a drug run." Kitsch wrote the original screenplay and will make his directorial debut. Peter Berg, who worked with Kitsch on the Friday Night Lights TV series and also the big-budget Battleship, as well as Lone Survivor, will serve as one of the producers. [Deadline] An Unnamed...
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Kitsch premiered the short film at the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest. He played a man facing a massive gambling debt, forcing his best friend (played by Josh Pence) to navigate through the underworld in order to save him. The feature will follow three best friends in Detroit whose lives are forever changed when they intercept a drug run.
Berg directed the movie “Friday Night Lights” and then developed the NBC series of the same name, on which Kitsch starred as Tim Riggins for the five-season run. Berg and Kitsch also collaborated on the movies “Battleship” and “Lone Survivor,” on which Emmett was a producer. »
- Dave McNary
'Ben-Hur' 2016 with Jack Huston: Chariot race to the death. 'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer: 'Gladiator' meets 'Fast Seven' meets 'Star Wars' meets… Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have released the trailer for their 2016 Ben-Hur remake (or reboot or readaptation) – a.k.a. Fast and Furious A.D., as one wag called it in an online comment. Instead of grandiose spectacle featuring at its core a “human” story with Christian overtones, this chariot-and-sandals epic is being sold as Gladiator meets Fast Seven meets Spartacus: Blood and Sand meets Star Wars – with Morgan Freeman's Sheik Ilderim as the Roman Empire's dreadlocked version of Alec Guinness' Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi. Say what you will, the trailer-makers sure know their target audience. And that's not the same crowd that would go check out what's usually referred to in the U.S. media as “faith” (i.e., Christian) movies. One assumes that particular audience segment will be getting »
- Andre Soares
All this has happened before and all this will happen again thanks to a deal Universal has made to develop the long-gestating Battlestar Galactica film.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, producer Michael De Luca is teaming up with producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films to bring Battlestar Galactica to the big screen. Ever since the rebooted television series ended in 2009, Universal has been looking to bring the Battlestar franchise to the big screen, attaching Bryan Singer to direct at one point. He eventually left the project when it couldn’t get off the ground, but in 2014 it was said series creator Glen A. Larson was working on the project with Transcendence writer Jack Palgen. That project again fell through.
- Ricky Church
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