In the winter of 2004, the world was shook by the terrible tsunami tragedy in the Pacific. That's just about the time Warner Brothers started pre-production on their epic action film, Poseidon - an updated remake of the 1972 flick, The Poseidon Adventure.
The movie centers around a group of cruise travelers who try to survive after their ship has been rocked by a 100-foot rogue wave in the middle of the ocean. Because the subject of the story is so relevant, the cast and crew of the updated version had a very easy time relating to what the people in Asia felt during the tsunami; and during filming this movie, the Gulf Coast of the U.S. was struck by Hurricane Katrina.
That 70's flick, at the time, starred a who's who of Hollywood - Gene Hackman, Leslie Nielsen, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, and Jack Albertson, among many others. It also scored the Academy Award for Best Song for The Morning After which also became a hit single for Maureen McGovern.
So when Warner decided to find the actors for the 2006 version, they once again looked for some pretty famous names - Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Andre Braugher, Jimmy Bennett, Kevin Dillon, Freddy Rodriguez, and The Black Eyed Peas' Sarah Ferguson (better known as Fergie). The studio also got Wolfgang Peterson to direct the film, something he sought out to complete the trilogy of his water-based films (Das Boot, The Perfect Storm, and now Poseidon).
Over the next week, you'll get to hear from some of the cast members about their experiences shooting this film. We'll give you a countdown to release to this awesome adventure that hits theaters all across the country May 12th; Poseidon is rated PG-13.
And if you want a real treat, check out Poseidon on the real big screen in IMAX; it's also opening on May 12th!
Monday: Josh Lucas
Tuesday: Kurt Russell
Wednesday: Wolfgang Peterson
Thursday: Jacinda Barrett
Friday: Richard Dreyfuss
Also, you can check out Movieweb's exclusive interviews with Emmy Rossum and Jimmy Bennett as well.