Like every other major disaster in our country, the Gulf Oil Spill of April 2010 that created the biggest oil spill in U.S. history is being turned into a film. The true story is being adapted by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) with Mark Wahlberg starring as the lead. The project just began production for its 2016 release; to mark the date, a first look image of Wahlberg has been released.
There isn’t much to the image, but it definitely captures the project in one shot as he’s just covered in oil on the Deepwater Horizon rig. Wahlberg plays the Horizon’s chief technician Mike Williams, who appeared on 60 Minutes back in 2010 to tell his side of the story of what happened when the rig exploded.
Here’s an official synopsis, followed by the first look image:
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.
Like I said above, the image doesn’t really show much, but I’m still very much looking forward to the project. After the work Berg and Wahlberg put out on their last film together (Lone Survivor), I imagine they’re working hard to give us something just as special.
Deepwater Horizon has a September 30th, 2016 release date. Directed by Peter Berg starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, and John Malkovich.