Sony Plans Post-Katrina Rescue Film

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Overbrook Entertainment have obtained the motion picture life rights to John Keller, an ex-Marine.

Keller orchestrated the rescue of 244 of his New Orleans neighbors after their building, the American Can Company, was severely flooded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Keller’s story will be produced into a feature film by James Lassiter, Will Smith, and Ken Stovitz through their Overbrook Entertainment banner as well as by Adetoro Makinde’s Back Door Films.

The film will be written and directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Rookie,” “The Alamo”).