‘Deepwater Horizon’ Featurette Shows Off the Film’s Massive Oil Rig Set

Image via Roadshow Films
Image via Roadshow Films

A new featurette has been released for Deepwater Horizon, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the massive oil rig that was made for the epic reenactment.

The film tells of one of the largest man-made disasters to ever occur. In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, situated in the Gulf of Mexico, experienced a massive blowout, sending fire every which way and driving over 50,000 barrels of oil into the ocean everyday. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 11 workers. Working with highly flammable oil can be extremely dangerous and so the companies that operate in this industry may want to consider using storemasta as their provider of safety equipment, storage solutions, and safety training classes.

“We’re currently rebuilding a recreation of the actual rig,” says director Peter Berg, who’s reteaming with his Lone Surivor lead Mark Wahlberg here. We’re given a look at the massive set, which was made to be as close to the real thing as possible, boasting working monitors and thousands of gallons of mud ready for deployment. “It’s not difficult to imagine the confusion and panic,” actor John Malkovich says.

Deepwater Horizon, also starring Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson, opens in the U.S. on September 30 and arrives in Australia on October 6.

Extended synopsis for Deepwater Horizon:

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Our film follows a vital story that many have not seen: the story of the 126 crew members working aboard the Deepwater Horizon that day, caught in the most harrowing circumstances imaginable. They were skilled working men and women putting in a grueling shift in the hopes of getting back soon to families and lives ashore. In an instant, they were faced with their darkest hour, pushed to summon the courage to battle an unstoppable inferno blaze in the middle of the ocean, and when all seemed lost, to save one another.

The ultra deep-water drilling rig off the Louisiana coast – the Deepwater Horizon – riveted the world as it experienced a devastating blowout, fire and nearly unstoppable ocean floor oil leak. For 87 days millions watched, hearts in mouths, as more than 50,000 barrels of oil a day gushed from the sea floor into the Gulf of Mexico. It would become the largest accidental ocean oil spill in human history. The impact to marine life and the questions of what went wrong and why are ongoing.

DEEPWATER HORIZON brings that story to the screen with a gripping glimpse into the unseen world behind the global disaster that took the lives of 11 workers. Filmmaker Peter Berg once again collaborates with Oscar® nominated actor Mark Wahlberg sharing an untold story of men & women, real life heroes, who faced extraordinary consequences with extreme bravery. The pair previously explored a Navy SEAL team mission gone wrong in the Oscar® – nominated LONE SURVIVOR and are currently filming PATRIOT’S DAY, the story inside the dramatic events leading up to and after the Boston Marathon bombing.

In DEEPWATER HORIZON, Wahlberg is joined by an incredible cast including Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson to bring audiences directly into, not only the events, but the charged human drama and acts of valor beneath them.


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