It seemed a little 'too good to be true' that a young, fantastic writer/director in J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost, A Most Violent Year) was going to direct a big budget action feature starring Mark Wahlberg.
With filming set to begin this spring, Deepwater Horizon - a film which chronicles the 2010 BP oil spill - will now be directed by Peter Berg, who helmed last year's terrific Lone Survivor, but has more of a spotty filmmaking track record.
Word is that Chandor left the project due to the proverbial 'creative differences' with Lionsgate and Participant Media along with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Translation: Chandor wanted to make a more thoughtful, poignant action film about a pretty sensitive subject (environmental pollution) while the big wigs wanted an action movie involving an oil spill.
This will actually be Berg and Wahlberg's (catchy?) 3rd project together as they are also working on the inflation-adjusted The Six Billion Dollar Man for Dimension Films, based off the popular 70s TV show.
As for Deepwater Horizon, the producers are said to be chasing Liam Neeson and Oscar frontrunner Michael Keaton for co-starring roles.
The film is set for release September 30th, 2016.
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Source: The Wrap