The Rock is heading to sea for his latest big-screen venture. After starring in Fast & Furious 6 and Hercules, Dwayne Johnson has been tapped to topline Not Without Hope, a survival drama to be adapted from the book of the same name.
Relativity is building the project around Johnson and has set E. Nicholas Mariani to adapt Nick Schuyler’s true survival story. Johnson will portray Schuyler, who was one of four friends who capsized during a deep-sea fishing trip and struggled to survive. All four friends were athletes; Schuyler was joined on the ill-fated voyage by NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and former University of South Florida player Will Bleakley.
Here’s more on Schuyler’s book, courtesy of Amazon:
On February 28, 2009, Nick Schuyler went on a deep-sea fishing trip with three friends: NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and Will Bleakley, former University of South Florida football player and Nick’s best friend. What was supposed to be a day of fun and relaxation aboard Cooper’s twenty-one-foot vessel turned nightmarish in the Gulf of Mexico, seventy miles west of Tampa, Florida, when a tragic mistake caused their boat to capsize. With no food or water, no emergency beacon to alert authorities, the four athletes clung to the overturned hull through the night—battling hypothermia, hallucinations, hunger, dehydration, and huge pounding waves, as they prayed, spoke of their loved ones, and shared what they would have done differently with their lives. In the end, only one would reach dry land alive.
Much more than a riveting true account of survival, Not Without Hope is Nick Schuyler’s inspiring story of courage, resolve, and friendship.
Mariani doesn’t have many completed projects under his belt, but the scribe wrote Ploesti, Desperate Hours and Paul Revere, three buzzy scripts that are in various stages of development at Alcon, GK Films and Disney, respectively.
We’ll keep you posted when we hear more on this one, but for now, tell us, are you excited to see The Rock headlining Not Without Hope?