Variety reports that director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is going to helm a film about how the Greenpeace movement was formed.

The film will take place in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The story will be from the perspective of the controversial organization's founders, Bob Hunter and Rex Weyler. "The duo led an eccentric group of pacifists, ecologists, musicians, teachers, sailors, and scientists as they attempted -- often successfully -- to disrupt American and French nuclear bomb tests, Japanese and Russian whaling ships and Norwegian infant harp seal hunters. In the process, they inadvertently started a movement that is still going strong nearly four decades later.'

The film will be based on two books: Rex Weyler's "Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists, and Visionaries Changed the World" and Rex Hunter's "Warriors of the Rainbow: A Chronicle of the Greenpeace Movement."

Currently, a writer is being sought for this project, with Aaron Sorkin already having been approached about penning the script.

Evan Jacobs