Not Without Hope: Zachary Levi to star in Joe Carnahan survival thriller

Zachary Levi will star in Not Without Hope, a survival thriller set to be written and directed by Joe Carnahan based on the non-fiction novel.

Zachary Levi, Joe Carnahan, Not Without Hope

Zachary Levi will be teaming up with Joe Carnahan to star in Not Without Hope, a survival thriller based on Nick Schuyler and Jere Longman’s best-selling non-fiction novel by the same name.

The movie follows best friends, Nick Schuyler (Zachary Levi) and Will Bleakley, as well as NFL Players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, as they set out for a day trip at their favourite fishing spot 70 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. When a severe storm heads their way, a trapped anchor causes their boat to capsize, throwing the four men into the freezing water. With the Coast Guard’s air and seas rescue mission thwarted by the ferocity of the massive storm, the group must fight to survive in the ultimate test of teamwork and endurance. Production on Not Without Hope will kick off this April in Louisiana.

Joe Carnahan, who will write and direct the movie, said, “Nick Schuyler’s grueling trial at sea and his ultimate survival is a deeply inspiring tale of determination and perseverance but we have a much greater responsibility with this movie as it will hopefully serve as a lasting memorial to the men who lost their lives alongside him during that terrible ordeal. We have to honor their final sacrifice and never lose sight of the larger moral obligation we have as filmmakers with Not Without Hope.” Zachary Levi added, “I am truly honored to be part of this deeply moving project. Not Without Hope is a tragic true story of loss and courage, that’s important to share.

Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, CEO and COO of Highland Film Group, who will be handling the international rights to the project, said, “Not Without Hope is an unbelievably tragic story, yet it is also filled with a lot of heart and courage. Joe Carnahan is poised to bring sensitivity and focus to this true story of brotherhood and unspeakable loss, and capture the underlying silver lining of hope.” Producer Adam Beasley of Volition Media added, “We’re thrilled to share this heroic and tragic tale in honor of the memories of the victims of this horrific event and the heroes at the US Coast Guard. Joe has crafted a masterpiece and with Zach leading the ensemble under Joe’s direction, this film is sure to move audiences everywhere with its humanity and focus on the power of hope and perseverance.

Before Zachary Levi joins forces with Joe Carnahan for Not Without Hope, the actor will next be seen in Shazam: Fury of the Gods. Bestowed with the powers of the gods, the sequel finds Billy Batson and his fellow foster kids are still learning how to juggle teenage life with having adult Super Hero alter-egos. But when the Daughters of Atlas, a vengeful trio of ancient gods, arrive on Earth in search of the magic stolen from them long ago, Billy—aka Shazam—and his family are thrust into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world. Shazam: Fury of the Gods will hit theaters on March 17th.

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