John Krasinski (“The Office,” “Away We Go”) and Drew Barrymore are teaming for Ken Kwapis’ fact-based feature “Whales” for Universal Pictures reports Deadline Hollywood.
The story revolves around the real-life 1988 rescue of three California gray whales trapped under Arctic Circle ice. Their plight made world news and saw US and Soviet leaders teaming to help.
Krasinski plays a small town newspaper reporter who breaks the story while Barrymore plays a Greenpeace activist.
Jack Amiel and Michael Begler wrote the script and shooting kicks off in the Fall. Steve Golin, Michael Sugar, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin will produce.