Deepwater Horizon (film)

Deepwater Horizon is a 2016 American biographical disaster film based on the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Peter Berg directed it from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O'Brien, and Kate Hudson. It is adapted from "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours", a December 25, 2010 article in The New York Times written by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul.[4]

Deepwater Horizon
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Berg
Screenplay by
Story byMatthew Sand
Based on
"Deepwater Horizon's Final Hours"
Produced by
CinematographyEnrique Chediak
Edited by
  • Colby Parker Jr.
  • Gabriel Fleming
Music bySteve Jablonsky
Distributed byLionsgate[1]
Release dates
  • September 13, 2016 (2016-09-13) (TIFF)
  • September 30, 2016 (2016-09-30) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
  • $156 million (gross)[3]
  • $110–120 million (net)[3]
Box office$121.8 million[1]

Principal photography began on April 27, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival[5] and was theatrically released in the United States on September 30, 2016. It received generally positive reviews, but was considered to be one of the biggest box-office bombs of all-time, grossing slightly less than $122 million worldwide against a budget of $156 million, resulting in a loss of $60–112 million for the studio. The film was nominated for two Oscars at the 89th Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects, and a BAFTA Award for Best Sound at the 70th British Academy Film Awards.

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