Australian filmmaker Robert Connolly (“Balibo,” “The Bank”) is attached to both direct and produce a film adaptation of Justin Scott’s 1978 high seas revenge thriller novel “The Shipkiller” for Valhalla Entertainment and Arenamedia says The Hollywood Reporter.
Stretching from the stormy waters of the South Atlantic to the oil-slicked reaches of the Persian Gulf, the story follows one man determined to win at sea the justice he has been denied on land.
Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead,” “Terminator 2”) will produce alongside Connolly who cites Phil Noyce’s 1989 Hitchcock-esque classic “Dead Calm” as a major influence. An attempt to adapt the property was previously made at the time of the book’s release with Sean Connery and David Niven slated to star.
Connolly is currently at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting his Julian Assange telemovie “Underground”.