James Cameron may not be the man behind the camera for the forthcoming film about the Louisiana oil disaster, but he may appear in it.
Summit Entertainment, Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi have acquired the movie rights to Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour - The New York Times' dramatic 8,500-word story about last year's oil rig explosion off Louisiana's Gulf Coast.
At the time of the disaster, which killed 11 people, Cameron, who filmed blockbuster Titantic and 3D documentary Ghosts Of The Abyss underwater, offered his expertise on underwater technology to experts tackling the disaster, the worst oil spill in US history.
"This film will portray the great heroism that took place last year on the Deepwater Horizon rig," says Summit's president Eric Feig.
"The piece in the New York Times evoked the raw emotion these brave men experienced and endured throughout the tragedy that took place in April last year, and we hope to evoke the same emotions for our audience."
The article, published on December 25, was written by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.
Ricky Strauss, president of co-rights-holders Participant Media, calls it "a suspenseful and inspiring real-life account of everyday people whose values are tested in the face of an impending environmental disaster."
Matthew Sand will write the screenplay. Talks are ongoing to have Transformers producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura produce the project.
Summit, the studio behind the Twilight franchise, said the film will portray the heroism of Deepwater's crew and evoke the raw emotion depicted in the newspaper piece.