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BP oil rig disaster apparently worth its own feature film

03.09.2011

Most of us will remember the main issue of the BP oil spill disaster of last year being the zillion gallons of oil that poured into the ocean, drowning both sea life and the livelihoods of those that lived along the coast.

But the actual tragic event that started it all is something that was all but overlooked in the wake of the spill, as the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon that caused the leak cost 11 workers their lives, and apparently was harrowing enough to attract interesting for a Titanic-ish feature film.

The script is being written by NINJA ASSASSIN scribe Matthew Sand, who is adapting a New York Times article called "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour" that chronicles the mayhem onboard the rig.

Presumably this will not be a documentary, and more of an action picture judging by the content of the article which begins like this:

The worst of the explosions gutted the Deepwater Horizon stem to stern. Crew members were cut down by shrapnel, hurled across rooms and buried under smoking wreckage. Some were swallowed by fireballs that raced through the oil rig’s shattered interior. Dazed and battered survivors, half-naked and dripping in highly combustible gas, crawled inch by inch in pitch darkness, willing themselves to the lifeboat deck. It was no better there.

That same explosion had ignited a firestorm that enveloped the rig’s derrick. Searing heat baked the lifeboat deck. Crew members, certain they were about to be cooked alive, scrambled into enclosed lifeboats for shelter, only to find them like smoke-filled ovens.

Men admired for their toughness wept. Several said their prayers and jumped into the oily seas 60 feet below. An overwhelmed young crew member, Andrea Fleytas, finally screamed what so many were thinking: “We’re going to die!”

Probably no room for a Jack and Rose romance onboard huh? Read the full article over at the New York Times.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone find it highly suspicious that during that entire spill, gas prices didn't go up in the least, and today with Libya in-fighting they're skyrocketing?
Source: VarietyNYT

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5:14PM on 03/09/2011
Talk about bad timing.
Talk about bad timing.
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4:56PM on 03/09/2011
Not sure if I really like the idea, but if they go through with this, they have to bring Michael Sheen in to play Tony Hayward. It's one of the most obvious casting calls of all time!
Not sure if I really like the idea, but if they go through with this, they have to bring Michael Sheen in to play Tony Hayward. It's one of the most obvious casting calls of all time!
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4:17PM on 03/09/2011

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And you notice the day they tell us a pipeline blows up somewhere that very day the prices are going up even though the gas was bought and paid for and haven't been effected by that pipeline.

Also I hear we get little to no oil from libya to begin with.

For this movie supposedly there was a safety inspection 2 weeks before the spill but they wouldn't release the results. Hopefully that will be mentioned.
And you notice the day they tell us a pipeline blows up somewhere that very day the prices are going up even though the gas was bought and paid for and haven't been effected by that pipeline.

Also I hear we get little to no oil from libya to begin with.

For this movie supposedly there was a safety inspection 2 weeks before the spill but they wouldn't release the results. Hopefully that will be mentioned.
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3:39PM on 03/09/2011
This is total BS. If 100% of the profits don't go to helping the environment, then it's just another example of taking advantage of someone else's disaster to make a few bucks.
This is total BS. If 100% of the profits don't go to helping the environment, then it's just another example of taking advantage of someone else's disaster to make a few bucks.
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1:59PM on 03/09/2011

Here's a crazy idea but...

Shouldn't they take all that money that they plan on making a movie with and actually spend it on helping to fix the problem?
Shouldn't they take all that money that they plan on making a movie with and actually spend it on helping to fix the problem?
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1:56PM on 03/09/2011

strange

You'd think a disaster like Chernobyl would get a movie like this long before the BP Spill but whatever.
You'd think a disaster like Chernobyl would get a movie like this long before the BP Spill but whatever.
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1:16PM on 03/09/2011
Cast Arnold and he'll save the fishes. Happy ending.
Cast Arnold and he'll save the fishes. Happy ending.
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