Unstoppable scribe Mark Bomback has been set by Fox 2000 to do a new draft of Shadow Divers, the Robert Kurson book that follows two wreck divers who uncover the hull of a German U-boat off the New Jersey coast in 1991. Red helmer Robert Schwentke became attached to the film in late summer and Scott Free’s producing. The divers became obsessed with discovering the truth behind the ship and the men who died inside it and dove to depths of 230 feet, the limits of human endurance to solve the mystery. Bomback, who also toiled for Fox on Live Free or Die Hard, has also adapted the Richard Ford novel The Sportswriter for James Mangold.
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Schwentke, whose upcoming Helen Mirren-Bruce Willis-John Malkovich shoot-em-up Red got a big Comic-Con reaction, has taken the plunge on Shadow Divers, the Fox 2000 adaptation of the Robert Kurson book. It is one of a couple films Schwentke’s circling, projects that include a new Simon Kinberg-scripted version of the Robert Ludlum thriller The Osterman Weekend at Summit Entertainment, where Schwentke made Red. It isn’t clear yet what next picture his CAA agents will lock him into.
Last I’d written about Shadow Divers was several years ago, when Ridley Scott planned to direct a script by Cast Away‘s William Broyles. I’m told that Fox 2000 will tweak that script under Schwentke’s supervision. Kurson’s acclaimed book follows two wreck divers who uncover the hull of a German U-boat off the New Jersey coast in 1991. The divers became obsessed with discovering the truth behind the ship and the men who died inside it.
Schwentke has so far helmed The Time Traveler’s Wife and Flightplan since moving from German cinema to Hollywood fare. Here is a recent Red trailer.