Although they only happen once every four years, when the Olympics is on the world watches. The summer event has served as a backdrop for several different films, but in recent years hasn’t been featured all that much. That’s all going to change with Beached, a new Olympics-centric film with one of the wackiest twists we’ve ever heard.
Beached follows the story of a 4-year-old-boy (described as being chubby) who falls off his parents’ boat and is rescued by a group of whales. Like Mowgli in The Jungle Book, the boy is then raised by the whales; however, he does not grow up to be a human with some whale tendencies, but an Olympic-class swimmer. Let that sink in for a moment.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that director Jon Turteltaub has now been attached to the project, helping the 5-year-old film gain some traction. Beached‘s original script was delivered by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven, Tower Heist), but it will be Turteltaub himself who oversees the revisions. Among the other screenwriters that have taken cracks at the project are Betty Thomas and Jordan Roberts (March of the Penguins).
As we mentioned before, Beached has been shopped around since 1997, but today’s Turteltaub announcement suggests it could start nailing down a cast and crew. Logistically speaking, this project is going to need some work, though.
The tremendous attention being paid towards this year’s Summer Olympics, and the competition between swimmers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, surely had to have been a motivating factor behind getting this project going. We’ve certainly seen stranger – or at least equally as strange – subject matters explored in sports films (including a dog that plays basketball and, in a sequel, catches touchdown passes) but this takes the cake.
Turteltaub’s resume includes its fair share of fantastical films (National Treasure, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) but it’s most likely his 1993 film, Cool Runnings, that secured him the job. Inspired by the true story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team, Cool Runnings used the winter Olympics as its backdrop, and featured an unlikely group of competitors at its center. It’s unclear what type of tone Beached is going for, but the presence of Turteltaub suggests it could find that balance of reverence and comedy like Cool Runnings once did.
It’s still relatively early for Beached, but for now we’re intrigued. The prospect of a film whose protagonist learns Olympics qualifying swimming from a pack of whales is just too absurd to pass up… And crazy enough to work?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter