Summit Entertainment has issued a September 30, 2016 release date for their true story adaptation Deepwater Horizon, which has Mark Wahlberg attached to star. The project currently has the release date to itself, although it comes a week before Warner Bros.' Ninjago on September 23, 2016, and a week after Warner Bros.' Live by Night and Universal's Monster High on October 7, 2016.
Deepwater Horizon is based on the New York Times article Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, which chronicles the 48 hours before the oil tanker Deepwater Horizon exploded off the Gulf of Mexico coast in 2010. The explosion resulted in the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez disaster. Mark Wahlberg is playing the oil rig's No. 2 manager in the adaptation, which will shine a light on true acts of heroism that were never made public after the explosion, which killed 11 crew members and injured 16 others.
J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) and Matthew Sand (Ninja Assassin), with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian producing. The producers are aiming for production to begin in the late spring or early summer of 2015.