In the Guardian today:
A drama showing the courage of workers on board the Deepwater Horizon rig in the moments leading up to April’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico looks set for the big screen.
Hollywood has picked up the rights to a New York Times article published in December, Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours, which evoked the “raw emotion” experienced by those on board prior to the explosion which caused the spill. Eleven workers were killed and another 17 injured when methane gas from the well shot up out of the drill column and caught fire, creating one of the worst environmental catastrophes in US history.
“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 aide,” said producer Erik Feig of Summit Entertainment. “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.”
Hoorah! The human spirit triumphs! No mention of all the dead marine life of the Gulf of Mexico and the destroyed economies of the Gulf Coast states. Such a downer!
So: Who’s gonna play Tony Hayward? so called Michael Sheen way back last June. I predict his Oscar-clip moment will come when he congratulates all the rig workers for getting their lives back after they thought they were gonna die. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.