Red Director Schwentke May Go Under The Sea In Shadow Divers
Robert Schwentke is a director who's clearly not interested in being pinned down. His first English-language film was the Jodie Foster thriller Flightplan, and he moved on from there to the moody and romantic Time Traveler's Wife, which he's now following up with the manic-- and hilarious looking--comic book adaptation Red. Based on the footage we've seen so far I wouldn't be surprised if Red turned into a small-scale hit, and maybe Schwentke's counting on it too-- he's now circling another largish project, an adaptation of the book Shadow Divers at Fox 2000, according to Deadline.
The last time we wrote about the book was back in 2006, when Master and Commander's Peter Weir was in negotiations to direct it. Apparently in the meantime Ridley Scott took a look at it, but he's got so many other projects in his pocket he probably just lost this one in the couch cushions and forgot about it. Even Schwentke doesn't necessarily have the space in his schedule to fit it in-- he's also eyeing an adaptation of the Robert Ludlum thriller The Osterman Weekend over at Summit.
Shadow Divers, with the clunky subtitle The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II, tells the story of two deep-sea divers who discovered a wrecked German U-boat off the coast of New Jersey in 1991. Their investigation into the wreck resulted in two of their fellow divers losing their lives and put them in contact with former U-boat officers who had survived the war. At first glance it sounds like the kind of fascinating story that might work best in an expansive book, but it also sound interesting enough-- and cinematic enough, with all that potential for deep-sea photography-- to go onscreen. Eat your diver heart out, James Cameron.
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