Weir dives into Fox's 'Shadow'


Director Peter Weir is coming aboard Fox 2000's "Shadow Divers."

The Australian director, who most recently directed "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" for 20th Century Fox, is in negotiations to helm the film based on Robert Kurson's best-selling nonfiction book "Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Discovered Hitler's Lost Sub."

"Shadow Divers" revolves around two of the world's foremost deep-sea wreck divers who discover a sunken U-boat 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. Despite considerable danger, the young divers risk their lives in their obsession to identify the submarine over the period of six years.

Bill Broyles ("Cast Away") wrote the script and is executive producing. Weir also is in final negotiations to produce the film.

Elizabeth Gabler and Rodney Ferrell are overseeing for Fox 2000.

Before "Master," Weir helmed "The Truman Show," starring Jim Carrey.

Weir is in development on the Warner Bros. Pictures project "Pattern Recognition," based on the novel from William Gibson. He is repped by CAA, and his attorney is Craig Emanuel at Loeb & Loeb.