Petersen’s ‘Poseidon’ Now in Production

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Oscar-nominated director Wolfgang Petersen is currently in production in Burbank on the suspenseful action adventure Poseidon, it was announced today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

When a rogue wave capsizes a luxury cruise ship in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, a small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. As the unstable vessel rapidly floods with water, they face unimaginable odds and life-altering decisions in their desperate fight to the surface.

Poseidon‘s ensemble starring cast includes Academy Award and Emmy-nominated Kurt Russell as first-class passenger Robert Ramsey, and Josh Lucas as Dylan Johns, a professional gambler who makes a living at the ship’s poker tables. Emmy Rossum is Ramsey’s young daughter Jennifer, and Mike Vogel is her fiance, Christian. Jacinda Barrett is Maggie, a single workaholic mother who booked the cruise as a gift to her precocious eight-year-old son Conor, played by Jimmy Bennett. Mia Maestro stars as the stowaway Elena, Emmy Award-winner Andre Braugher as beleaguered Captain Bradford, and Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss as Richard Nelson, a man contemplating suicide moments before the giant wave strikes.

Wolfgang Petersen gained international renown with the 1982 drama Das Boot, which earned him Oscar, BAFTA and DGA Award nominations, and went on to helm such blockbuster features as Outbreak, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One and The Perfect Storm. Most recently, he directed the epic action drama Troy.

Written by Mark Prostosevich, Poseidon is produced by Wolfgang Petersen, Mike Fleiss, Duncan Henderson and Akiva Goldsman. Kevin Burns, Jon J. Jashni and Sheila Allen serve as executive producers. Additionally, Allen starred as Nurse Gina Rowe in the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, credited as Sheila Mathews.

Poseidon will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and is set for a Summer 2006 release.

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