Notable Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur is said to be in talks with film studio MGM about directing a film named Deeper.
Deeper chronicles a disgraced astronaut who begins experiencing mysterious phenomena when he is hired to delve into the newly discovered deepest part of the ocean in a submersible.
The film is written by Max Landis, who previously wrote the films Bright, American Ultra and Chronicle, and production duties will be taken on by David S. Goyer and Kevin Turren. MGM acquired the rights to the script in 2016 after a competitive auction that also included Paramount Pictures and Odd Lot Entertainment.
At the time, Bradley Cooper was attached to star, with Gal Gadot also mentioned in connection with the film. Though Cooper has since backed out, citing other obligations, MGM is hoping to cast another lead of comparable stature.
Kormákur is no stranger to filmmaking on the open ocean, having previously directed The Deep (Djúpið), a true story about an Icelandic fisherman trying his best to survive in the freezing Arctic ocean after his boat sinks. The director’s latest film, Adrift, was also largely set at sea.
Other noted works by Kormákur include 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, Contraband, starring Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale in addition to Wahlberg, and Everest, which sported an ensemble of top Hollywood talent including Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Jake Gyllenhaal and Emily Watson.
Production of Deeper is set to begin spring 2019.