Coming soon to a theatre near you: Deepwater Horizon (the film)
“Deepwater Horizon”is a 2016 American biographicaldisasterthriller-drama film directed by Peter Berg, written by Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O'Brien and Kate Hudson. It is based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizone xplosion and oil spillin the Gulf of Mexico. Principal photography began on April 27, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On March 8, 2011, it was announced that Summit Entertainment, Participant Media and Image Nation acquired the film rights to the New York Times' article “Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours” written by David Barstow, David S. Rohdeand Stephanie Saul, released on December 25, 2010, about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill.
On acquiring the article to develop a film, President of Participant Media, Ricky Strauss said,
"This is a perfect fit for us–a suspenseful and inspiring real-life account of everyday people whose values are tested in the face of an impending environmental disaster."
On August 19, 2014, casting began with actor Mark Wahlberg added for the lead role in the film. Wahlberg would play Mike Williams, an electrician on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Gina Rodriguez was set to play Andrea Fleytas, who noticed a blazing at the rig and tried to contact the Coast Guard.John Malkovich was confirmed cast as a BP representative who underestimates the dangers of working on the rig. Kate Hudsonwas announced as a cast member in May, 2015, and will play the wife of Wahlberg's character; her role will be the first on-screen pairing of Hudson and Russell, who raised her as a child.Wahlberg's character was revealed in May 2015, that he would be playing the real-life hero Mike Williams.
Principal photography on the film began on April 27, 2015. It was later officially announced by Lionsgate on May 18, 2015, that the filming had begun in New Orleans, Louisiana. Scenes at the BP offices were to be filmed in Liverpool, England in September 2015, as it also often doubles as New York.
The film cost a total of $156 million to produce, with $122 million spent in Louisiana. As a result, Lionsgate (the studio financing the film) will receive a $37.7 million subsidy from the state under Louisiana's film incentive program.