Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced that principal photography has begun today on “DEEPWATER HORIZON” in New Orleans, Louisiana. The film is a presentation of Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and Participant Media and a

di Bonaventura Pictures / Closest to the Hole /  Leverage Entertainment production.

The film stars Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg (“LONE SURVIVIOR”, “THE FIGHTER”) alongside Golden Globe® nominee Kurt Russell (“FURIOUS SEVEN” and the forthcoming “THE HATEFUL EIGHT”), Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (“RED”, “BURN AFTER READING”), Dylan O’Brien (“THE MAZE RUNNER”), Golden Globe® winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson (“ALMOST FAMOUS”, “NINE”).  Peter Berg  (“LONE SURVIVOR”, “THE KINGDOM”) is directing the screenplay written by Matthew Sand and Matthew Michael Carnahan (“THE KINGDOM”). The screenplay is based upon the 2010 New York Times article ‘Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours’ by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.  Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“TRANSFORMERS”, “RED”) and Mark Vahradian (“JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT”, “RED”) are producing for di Bonaventura Pictures along with Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, David Womark (“LIFE OF PI”) for Closest to the Hole and Leverage Entertainment. The film is executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King at Participant Media.

“DEEPWATER HORIZON” is based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history.

Lionsgate is set to release “DEEPWATER HORIZON” on its Summit Entertainment label in North America on September 30, 2016.