Robert Schwentke in Talks to Direct Disney Coast Guard Film 'Finest Hours' (Exclusive)

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The project adapts the book from Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias which tells the true story of a 1952 rescue at sea.

Robert Schwentke, whose R.I.P.D. opens this summer, is in negotiations to direct The Finest Hours, Disney’s period coast guard adventure drama.

Jim Whitaker is producing the project, which has a script from James Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter) that adapts the true-life book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias.

In 1952, a Noreaster hit the New England coast, with two oil tankers caught in the middle. The ships split in two, casting its crews into the ferocious seas, and it was up to the valiant effort of the coast guard to attempt a rescue.

The move marks a return to Disney for Schwentke, who directed the Jodie Foster thriller Flightplan for the studio.

Schwentke turned to action with Red, the comic book adaptation starring Bruce Willis and John Malkovich, and now has R.I.P.D, based on a Dark Horse comic, being teed up for a July 19 release. The movie, which stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, is a franchise hopeful for Universal.

Schwentke is repped by CAA