Production Begins This Week in South Louisiana on ‘Deepwater Horizon’

by Jordan McGuire on May 19, 2015


Principle photography began Monday in South Louisiana on The Long Night, also known as Deepwater Horizon. The film has an awe-inspiring cast including Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Dylan O’Brien, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson.

Lionsgate released our first look at the film, featuring an oil-drenched Mark Wahlberg in character as a worker on the rig that imploded only a few years ago off the coast of Louisiana. Several men died in the accident and it resulted in millions of barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf. Wahlberg will play Mike Williams, an electronics technician who outlived the Deepwater Horizon rig and acts courageously in the event that killed eleven and injured seventeen others.

The film, which is directed by Peter Berg, will shoot in and around the New Orleans area, including St. Bernard Parish. The project is a big one, but big is Berg’s specialty. He previously directed Battleship in Baton Rouge, Hancock and The Rundown, which is one of the best action adventure films of the last twenty years.

We’ll be watching this film closely.