Robert Schwentke, the director behind the films, RED and R.I.P.D., is reportedly in talks to direct Walt Disney Pictures’ The Finest Hours according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Touglas and was originally published in 2009.
The official plot of the novel is as follows:
In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories ever lived.
In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with “dirty steel,” and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic’s mercy. The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships.
The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.
Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it’s a miracle—and a testament to their bravery—that any came home to tell their tales at all.
Jim Whitaker is producing the project, which has a script by James Tamasy and Eric Johnson. There is no word on who is in talks to star in the film or a projected release date.