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Frank Marshall to direct shipwreck film The Longest Night

Eight Below, Frank Marshall

Story by Jack Foley

FRANK Marshall looks set to direct shipwreck drama The Longest Night.

The filmmaker, more commonly known as producer of such high profile releases as the Bourne franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the upcoming Jurassic World, last stepped behind the camera to helm the Paul Walker film Eight Below for Disney.

Based on a GQ article by Sean Flynn, the film will follow a true-life Coast Guard rescue operation against impossible odds.

The story in question took place on Easter Sunday, 2008, when an Alaskan trawler sank in frigid waters that were 6,000 feet deep, 180 miles from shore and in 15-foot swells. The Coast Guard managed to rescue 42 of the 47 people onboard.

Jonathan Lemkin (of Lethal Weapon 4 fame) has adapted the screenplay.

As yet, there is no word on casting or a proposed release date. But Paramount will distribute the film.

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