Monahan On A Trip Down “The Essex”

GK Films are developing the historical drama “The Essex” with scribe William Monahan (“The Departed,” “Kingdom of Heaven”) writes Variety.

Monahan has written the script and is in talks to direct the historical drama about Captain David S. Porter and his daring sea battles against the British during the War of 1812.

At a time when the ships of the British Royal Navy heavily outnumbered the American naval fleet, Porter steered the Essex past British cruisers to reach the Pacific, where it devastated the British whaling fleet before engaging in a final battle with a special Brit squadron.

Monahan covered the historical time period in his first major script sale with Tripoli, a project still percolating at Fox.