Scott Z. Burns has circled back to direct StudioCanal’s upcoming open sea drama DEEP WATER. The project, which Burns originally wrote in 2012, had previously been next in line for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, but is now being prepped to be Burns’ second feature film as a director following the 2007 film “PU-239”. Burns had expressed interest in directing from the beginning, but it wasn’t until late 2013 when Colin Firth and Kate Winslet boarded the project, and Inarritu departed, that the stars all seemed to align.
The film, which will center on the real life tale of infamous yacht-racing cheater Donald Crowhurst deceiving the world in 1968 about his trip to circumnavigate the globe. Crowhurst, who was the most ill-prepared and least qualified of all the racers, began falling so far behind the other racers that he started falsifying his locations on the ship-to-shore messages sent from his Marconi radio. The news of course was warmly received at home, where his family (though struggling to stay afloat financially) were highly regarded in their town.
In typical Hollywood fashion, following the “we don’t know we want it, until someone else has it“, Burns only a few months ago finally landed his return to the directors chair with the planned “The Professor, The Bikini Model and The Suitcase Full Of Trouble” for Film Rites. Now, a few months later, StudioCanal realized the talent they already had aboard the project, and officially engaged Burns to tackle helming duties. With his exceptional storytelling abilities already on display in a number of Steven Soderbergh outings: “Side Effects”, “Contagion” and “The Informant!”, and his feature debut “PU-239” being a solid visual outing for HBO, I think his return behind the lens will be a welcome one for audiences.