Warner Bros. has picked up Galveston, an original script from screenwriter Daniel Sussman and producer Polly Johnsen about the deadliest natural disaster in American history, which took place in Galveston, Texas.
According to Risky Business, on Sept. 8, 1900, a Category 4 hurricane destroyed Galveston, taking with it about 8,000 people (more than four times the toll of Hurricane Katrina). At the time, the growing burg was the biggest in the state, a diverse and booming port town -- sometimes called the "Wall Street of the Southwest" -- where vacationing businessmen mingled with locals of all social classes.
In the aftermath of the storm, nearby Houston rose up on the back of its oil boom, and Galveston never regained any kind of prominence. Against this backdrop, Daniel Sussman's script traces the stories of a pair of young lovers on the verge of being separated, a struggle for power among various bureaucracies and a bitter love triangle involving two brothers.