Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” Begins Principal Photography

Mark Wahlberg
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Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” Begins Principal Photography

Los Angeles – May 18, 2015 –  Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, announced principal photography has begun today on “Deepwater Horizon” in New Orleans, Louisiana. The film is a presentation of Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and Participant Media and di Bonaventura Pictures / Closest to the Hole /  Leverage Entertainment production.

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The film stars Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg (“Lone Survivor”, “The Fighter”) alongside Golden Globe® nominee Kurt Russell (“Furious Seven” and the forthcoming “The Hateful Eight”), Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (“Red”, “Burn After Reading”), Dylan O’Brien (“The Mazrunner”), Golden Globe® winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson (“Almost Famous”, “Nine”).  Peter Berg  (“Lone Survivor”, “The Kingdom”) is directing the screenplay written by Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan (“The Kingdom”).

The screenplay is based upon the 2010 New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours” by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.  Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Transformers”, “Red”) and Mark Vahradian (“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”, “Red”) are producing for di Bonaventura Pictures along with Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, David Womark (“LIFE OF PI”) for Closest to the Hole and Leverage Entertainment.

The film is executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King at Participant Media.

“Deepwater Horizon” is based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.

Lionsgate is set to release “Deepwater Horizon” on its Summit Entertainment label in North America on September 30, 2016.


Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, channel platforms and international distribution and sales.

The Company currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy® Award-winning “Mad Men” and “Nurse Jackie,” the comedy “Anger Management,” the broadcast network series “Nashville,” the syndication success “The Wendy Williams Show,” the critically-acclaimed hit series “Orange is the New Black” and new series such as “The Royals,” “Manhattan,” “Deadbeat,” “Casual” and “Chasing Life.”

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first three installments of “The Hunger Games” franchise, the first two installments of the “Divergent” franchise, “Now You See Me,” “John Wick,” “Warm Bodies,” CBS Films/Lionsgate’s “The DUFF,” Roadside Attractions’ “A Most Wanted Man,” Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ “Addicted” and Pantelion Films’ “Instructions Not Included,” the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates.

Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.


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