Writers are always told to write what they know about and for flight attendant TJ Newman turned author that’s certainly true when she wrote her debut novel “Falling,” which follows a commercial flight from Los Angeles to New York but takes a turn for the worse when the pilot finds out his family is being held hostage by terrorists. For his family to live, everyone on the plane must die. It’s a book that was optioned by the studio and has been in the works for some while. But now we have news of another of her books ‘Drowning : The Rescue of Flight 1421.” for which there has been a furious bidding war.
Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group co-heads Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy have paid $1.5 million for the rights and an additional $1.5 million on the first day of production. Having beaten interest from Nicole Kidman, Alfonso Cuarón and Steven Spielberg, along with big offers from Apple and Bruckheimer, Paramount and Damien Chazelle, Legendary and Universal Television. The studio also brought the “Drowning” author on as an executive producer.
The plot for Drowning centres on a plane that crashes into the Pacific Ocean six minutes after takeoff. During the evacuation, an engine explodes and the plane is flooded. Those still alive are forced to close the doors—but it’s too late. The plane sinks to the bottom with twelve passengers trapped inside. Among them is an engineer and his 11-year-old daughter. His estranged wife — she’s also the girl’s mother — is part of the elite rescue team that races to save the passengers before their air runs out.
Helming the project is director Paul Greengrass whose has form with plane set film (United 93) and thrillers (the Bourne films) and terrorist attacks (22nd July, Captain Phillips). Greengrass will write, direct and produce the film, which is set at Warner Bros.
It;s one film we cant ever see being part of any airline inflight entertainment.