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Peter Berg replaces JC Chandor as director on Deepwater Horizon

01.30.2015

Back in August, we heard the news that Mark Wahlberg was joining J.C. Chandor's true life disaster film DEEPWATER HORIZON. With Chandor's third film, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR< racking up acclaim this awards season, it seemed like a larger scope film based on a recent disaster may be the ticket for the filmmaker to finally nab an Oscar. But, it looks like that may not be in the cards.

J.C. Chandor has officially dropped out of helming DEEPWATER HORIZON, but Wahlberg is now set to reteam with his LONE SURVIVOR director as Peter Berg is now taking over the project. According to The Wrap, Chandor left DEEPWATER HORIZON over creative differences. Berg is more adept at working within a studio structure (see BATTLESHIP, HANCOCK, THE KINGDOM, THE RUNDOWN) and yet still has a keen eye for large scale set-pieces and effects work. LONE SURVIVOR was one of his most effective directing jobs in recent years and he should make a great fit for the story.

For those unfamiliar, DEEPWATER HORIZON chronicles the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the repercussions of the environmental and political fallout. The film will also reunite Berg and screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan who worked on THE KINGDOM together.

DEEPWATER HORIZON currently has no release date.

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Extra Tidbit: I still love Berg's feature directorial debut VERY BAD THINGS.
Source: The Wrap

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12:52AM on 01/31/2015

ahhh

Does this mean Six Billion Dollar Man is on hold, Cause rather see that.
Does this mean Six Billion Dollar Man is on hold, Cause rather see that.
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5:02PM on 01/30/2015
Are they gonna paint the company as being criminally neglectful in poisoning the gulf, or are we in for another American Sniper hero film instead of a tragic tale (as it should be).
Are they gonna paint the company as being criminally neglectful in poisoning the gulf, or are we in for another American Sniper hero film instead of a tragic tale (as it should be).
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5:37PM on 01/30/2015
June 8, 2010 Rolling Stone: "In case you were wondering who's responsible," Obama told the nation, "I take responsibility." Sounding chastened, he acknowledged that his administration had failed to adequately reform the Minerals Management Service, the scandal-ridden federal agency that for years had essentially allowed the oil industry to self-regulate.
June 8, 2010 Rolling Stone: "In case you were wondering who's responsible," Obama told the nation, "I take responsibility." Sounding chastened, he acknowledged that his administration had failed to adequately reform the Minerals Management Service, the scandal-ridden federal agency that for years had essentially allowed the oil industry to self-regulate.
4:46PM on 01/30/2015

Release date

Actually unless they pulled it with this switch of director, the film does have a release date of 9/30/2016. Regarding the news I would have really liked to see the Chandor version but Berg did do a good job with Lone Survivor so I will be giving this a chance still.
Actually unless they pulled it with this switch of director, the film does have a release date of 9/30/2016. Regarding the news I would have really liked to see the Chandor version but Berg did do a good job with Lone Survivor so I will be giving this a chance still.
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4:18PM on 01/30/2015
When Berg is on his A-game, he's one of the best in the business. He's usually a lot more hit than miss, so I think this is good news for this project.
When Berg is on his A-game, he's one of the best in the business. He's usually a lot more hit than miss, so I think this is good news for this project.
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