Epic Disaster Novel Adaptation Gets A Director

I love a good disaster tale – grew up with the amazing Irwin Allen films, and the Airport movies. We don’t see near enough of them these days so that makes the news I’m about to tell you even more exciting.

Earlier this year a novel was released by T.J. Newman titled DROWNING: The Rescue of Flight 1421 and it’s freaking amazing. Seriously – an exceptional disaster thriller. Not long after its release a bidding war ensued for film rights and – Warner Bros. won that battle.

Today they announced that director Paul Greengrass will take the reigns – and that is good news indeed.

DROWNING tells the following tale.

Six minutes after takeoff, Flight 1421 crashes into the Pacific Ocean. During the evacuation, an engine explodes and the plane is flooded. Those still alive are forced to close the doors—but it’s too late. The plane sinks to the bottom with twelve passengers trapped inside.

More than two hundred feet below the surface, engineer Will Kent and his eleven-year-old daughter Shannon are waist-deep in water and fighting for their lives.

Their only chance at survival is an elite rescue team on the surface led by professional diver Chris Kent—Shannon’s mother and Will’s soon-to-be ex-wife—who must work together with Will to find a way to save their daughter and rescue the passengers from the sealed airplane, which is now teetering on the edge of an undersea cliff.

There’s not much time. There’s even less air.

With devastating emotional power and heart-stopping suspense, Drowning is an unforgettable thriller about a family’s desperate fight to save themselves and the people trapped with them—against impossible odds.

A great read – and I’m already excited to find out what Greengrass will do with it. This is one whose progress I will be watching very closely.

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel, Horrornews.net, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.