‘R.I.P.D.’ Director Eyed For Disney’s Coast Guard Adventure-Drama ‘The Finest Hours’

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Finest Hours Coast Guard Movie Director R.I.P.D. Director Eyed For Disneys Coast Guard Adventure Drama The Finest Hours

Director Robert Schwentke scored something of a surprise hit with 2010′s stylish action-comedy RED, and his upcoming summer release, R.I.P.D. looks to have a similar tone (albeit with a plot involving detectives from the Great Beyond charged with tracking down escaped souls on Earth).

With Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot stepping in to helm RED 2, Schwentke appears to be moving away from comic book adaptations for his next project. Now we have some idea of what the director intends to do next.

THR reports that Schwentke is in talks with Disney to direct an adaptation of The Finest Hours, the true story of a daring 1952 U.S. Coast Guard sea rescue. Jim Whitaker is producing, with a script by The Fighter screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, from the 2010 non-fiction book by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman.

While Schwentke has become known for his action-comedy chops with RED - and with R.I.P.D. looking more and more like a winning combination of Ghostbusters and Men In Blackit’s easy to forget that he also directed the decidedly non-action-oriented The Time Traveler’s Wife as well as the pilot to the Tim Roth drama Lie To Me. If Schwentke moves forward with this project, it would mean returning to Disney, for whom he directed the 2005 mid-air psychological thriller Flightplan.

Jodie Foster in Flightplan R.I.P.D. Director Eyed For Disneys Coast Guard Adventure Drama The Finest Hours

Indeed, the tone of Flightplan perhaps comes the the closest to The Finest Hours. That film, which starred Jodie Foster as a mother whose daughter vanishes on a double-decker jumbo jet at 30,000 feet in the air, required a careful manipulation of both character and environment. The Finest Hours would be set on the ocean – a logistical nightmare in the best of circumstances – but it feels like something firmly in Schwentke’s wheelhouse.

The book chronicles events which occurred in the winter of 1952, when the New England coast was hammered by a brutal nor’easter. Two tankers hauling kerosene and heating oil, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, were caught up in the horrible storm; both were constructed of “dirty steel” – steel unfit for the conditions in which the ships were meant to spend prolonged periods of time – and they split apart. Dozens of men were left stranded, and the Coast Guard mounted a valiant effort to save them, relying on motorized wooden motorboats available to them at the time.

It’s an ambitious project, and given that Schwentke has already proven adept at jumping in and out of several genres, he could bring a unique vision to what could become a big success on par with another sea-faring true story, 2000′s The Perfect Storm with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg, which grossed over $180 million in the U.S. alone. Of course, if handled poorly, it could also sink without a trace, like 2006′s The Guardian, which starred Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher and failed to make a ripple at the box office.

Stay tuned for more details as they emerge from the murky depths. (Sorry, that’s the end of the nautical puns.)

Meanwhile, R.I.P.D. (starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds) opens on July 19th, 2013,

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Source: THR

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  1. I would rather see a Big Budget movie about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the ordeal the survivors went through.

    • Or something about the Sea Gem disaster of 1965 since these big movies tend to be about US disasters that no one outside of the US has heard of and things happen all the time around the world too:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Gem

      I just hope we don’t see the inevitable Fukushima movie.

    • While a film about the ordeal of the USS Indeannapolis would be great (especially if it involved the character Quint from Jaws), it is great to see the U.S. Coast Guard getting some much needed and much appreciated attention from Hollywood.

      • There was not Quint on the USS Indianapolis. Only person with the last name that began with Q was PR2 William C Quealy Jr.

        • I never had any illusion of historical accuracy as far as the Quint character from Jaws being on the actual Inndeanapolis, I just thought it might make a neat prequel/spin-off of Jaws that went in a different direction from the original. On a related note, the Quint character was based on a combination of the fictional character Captain Ahab from Moby Dickvand a real shark fisherman from Long Island, New York. Whether that gentleman was on the Indianapolis or in the Navy, I could not tell you.

  2. I just noticed i share the last name of the article author. What city you in Anthony?

  3. Coast Guard movie might be worth a watch when available on Netflix.

    • Coast Guard movies not worth your money, Goldilocks? Maybe we don’t shoot laser beams out of our eyes but in some circles, we Coasties are considered heroes too.

  4. I can’t wait to see Jeff W nitpick at this film! The spoiler discussions will have him on every comment.

    • I will only Nitpick if they do not stay true to the actions.

      And for anyone to question the feat, be forwarned. A 4 Person crew went out in a 36 Foot MLB (Motorized Life Boat) and rescued 32 men of a 41 person crew.

      So think about 36 men on a 36 foot long boat, in the most violent of sea conditions. BM1 Bernard Webber and junior engineer Engineman Andrew Fitzgerald, Seamen Richard Livesey and Irving Maske, All Volunteered.

      So to put it in laymen terms, 4 Enlisted Crewmen and a boat went out in weather that produced upwards of 60 foot waves, upwards of 80 mph cross wind combined with snow and ice.

      MLBs were designed to upright themselves if they became capsized.

      • I’m just poking fun ol’ buddy!

        • Player Please!

          I know you are buddy.

          :)

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