Disney Adapts “Finest Hours” Rescue Tale

Disney has scored the film rights to Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman’s 2009 novel “The Finest Hours” reports Deadline.

Based on a true story and set in New England in 1952, the story deals with a Coast Guard rescue undertaken after two oil tankers were torn in half by treacherous waves during a deadly nor’easter blizzard. There were four rescue efforts, including two undertaken by a handful of men on two old, wooden, motorized 36-foot lifeboats.

The men understood they had no business fighting frozen gale winds and seas but went anyway in an attempt to rescue the 84 men who were floating on halves of the cracked and sinking oil tankers.

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (“The Fighter”) are attached to adapt the script. Dorothy Aufiero and Jim Whitaker will produce.