Van Patten Celebrates “Finest Hours”

Tim Van Patten, a frequent director on HBO shows like “Deadwood,” “The Wire,” “Rome” and “Game of Thrones”, is in talks to direct Disney’s Coast Guard drama “The Finest Hours” reports Variety.

Based on the non-fiction book by Casey Sherman and Michael Tougias, the story revolves around a daring rescue by the Coast Guard of 84 men off Cape Cod in 1952. At the time two oil tankers collided and were torn in half by waves during a fierce blizzard.

“The Fighter” scribes Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson are penning the script while Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero will produce. The project marks Van Patten’s first feature.