Walt Disney Pictures has grabbed the rights to the 2009 novel The Finest Hours, written by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias.

The story follows a daring Cape Cod rescue by the Coast Guard in 1952, which saw two oil tankers torn in half by treacherous waves during a blizzard. There were four rescue attempts in all, two of which saw a handful of men attempting to rescue the 84 trapped sailors via two old, wooden motorized lifeboats.

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The Fighter scribes Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson have been hired to write the screenplay, which will be produced by that film's Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero.