Tim Van Patten is probably one of the best directors working in television right now. He’s largely known for his impressive body of work with HBO, which includes The Wire, The Sopranos, The Pacific, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Now it seems he’s going to make the move to the big screen. Variety reports that Van Patten is in talks with Disney to direct the upcoming Coast Guard drama, The Finest Hours.
The screenplay was based on the book of the same name by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman and adapted by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson of The Fighter. The book focuses on the true story of when the Coast Guard rescued 84 men in 1952 after two oil tankers crashed into each other off Cape Cod.
Just between the early script and their choice in director things are looking like they’re off to a good start. Van Patten has proven himself to be incredibly versatile over his long career and is sure to do justice to any project he’s attached to.
This film is still in the very early stages so it’ll be at least 2015 before Van Patten will finally make his directorial debut for the silver screen.