'Philomena' Writer Hired to Write Maritime Survival Tale 'Speck in the Sea' (Exclusive)

Jeff Pope - H 2014
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Jeff Pope - H 2014

Rachael Horovitz, Jason Blum and Harvey Weinstein are producing the project

Jeff Pope, who was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing The Weinstein Co.’s drama Philomena, has been tapped by the production company to write its maritime survival film In the Heart of the Sea.

Rachael Horovitz, Jason Blum and Harvey Weinstein are producing the project, which adapts a January 2014 piece by Paul Tough that appeared in The New York Times Magazine.

Speck told the story of 45-year-old lobster fisherman John Aldridge, who at 3:30 a.m. one morning slipped off his boat and fell into the Atlantic. The boat, on autopilot, kept on chugging, and his partner, Anthony Sosinski, wouldn’t wake up for another few hours, so Aldridge was left behind, with no life vest, in the dark deep waters, 40 miles south of Montauk, a fishing town on the east side of Long Island.

Read the riveting account here.

Pope is a BAFTA Awards-winning writer whose credits cross both film and television. Among his credits are TV movies Lucan and Mrs. Biggs. In addition to being a writer, Pope serves as the head of factual drama at ITV Studios. Pope co-wrote Philomena with Steve Coogan, who starred in the British drama with Judi Dench.

He is repped by WME and United Agents in the U.K.

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