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Feb 21, 2000: For
those who liked the musical scores to The Rocketeer, Braveheart,
Titanic, Glory, and Apollo 13....well, you guessed it: James
Horner is set to compose the music for The Perfect Storm! I look
forward to hearing and experiencing Horner's soothing, yet
intensifying melodies on the silverscreen once again.
Jan 27, 2000: Are
you guys ready to purchase the DVD and VHS copies of The Perfect
Storm? What? Oh the movie hasn't even come out yet! Well, a fellow
reader of the site has sent in the following info concerning the DVD/VHS
formats for The Perfect Storm:
also have sources that say Warner Bros home entertainment are
already collecting various behind the scenes documentories and
interviews etc for a Collectors edition VHS and DVD release
(Six months before the films theatrical release!!!) Cheers.>>
Mr. Jeeves for the info!
Jan 25, 2000: Dark
Horizons, a well known and popular site dedicated to spreading
the news on upcoming movies has chosen The Perfect Storm as its most
anticipated film of the year 2000. I agree..that's why I made this
site:) Pay him a visit if you don't mind, his sites are always
Jan 18, 2000: A
few of you have sent me songs, lyrics, and poems dedicated to the
men/women who have lost their lives at sea. I will be putting them
up for all to see sometime this week. If you have something that you
have created and is related to The Perfect Storm, feel free to send
Jan 17, 2000:
If you purchase the latest issue of
Entertainment Weekly entitled 'Our Guide to 2000' you will find a
cool image of George Clooney's yet another film "O Brother,
Where Art Thou?" from the Cohen Brothers who gave us the
brilliant film 'Fargo.'
Jan 9, 2000: Well,
this site is finally up and running with about 95% of the links
working and full of meaty content. Let me know what you think so
Dec 13, 1999:
can now check out the trailer for The Perfect Storm by following
this link. Keep you eyes
open near the end of the trailer...
Sep 21, 1999:
At least those storm scenes will be realistic. After only a month of
filming, The Perfect Storm has hit rough seas, claims the New
York Post. The
Post's sources say that the $100 million disaster pic is
already $40 million over budget, set back by the beastly weather
plaguing its shooting site of Gloucester, Mass. In
a Sept. 9 story, the Boston Herald quoted a U.S. Coast Guard
report of 2- to 4-foot seas in rain, fog, and scattered
thundershowers off the Gloucester coast. Director
Wolfgang Peterson shot the film's final scene early on, and Adrian
Villalobos, a 17-year-old North Andover local who landed a part in
the film, tells the Herald, "We got in part of the scene
before a squall hit, and we had to wait it out."The film is an
adaptation of the novel by Sebastian Junger, based on the true story
of the 1991 disappearance of the fishing boat in a freak storm.
(Although the book was called The Perfect Storm, sources
variously credit the film as A Perfect Storm or just Perfect
But the crew had to
contend with more than killer squalls. Local fishermen are said to
be giving easy-on-the-eyes stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg a
hard time because they don't look enough like the doomed men they
portray: Capt. Billy Tyne and Bobby Shatford, who went down with the
Andrea Gail. Meanwhile, says the Post, actor Michael Ironside
resembles his character so strongly that he was approached by a
local who demanded the $5,000 owed him by the dead crewmember.
"Man, I'm an actor. I'm just playing a part." The Post's
source says the townie growled, "Yeah? Well I want my
guy wasn't kidding," says the man-on-the-scene. "For a
minute, it got really tense." The
Perfect Storm is due in theaters June 30, 2000, barring further
Sep 10, 1999:
Clooney on High Seas
Now that he's preparing for the role of the tough captain of a
commercial fishing boat for the movie version of Sebastian Junger's
bestseller The Perfect Storm, George Clooney has been
cavorting with fishermen and learning to navigate the 68-foot boat
that is doubling as the doomed Andrea Gail. "I've been here a
little over a week and spent some time down with the guys, hanging
out, occasionally trying to get the guys to speak into a tape,"
Clooney told PEOPLE while on location in Gloucester, Mass. As for
getting his sea legs, he said, "I didn't throw up out there,
but there was a moment." He also took his first turn at
captaining the boat. "The guys are saying, 'Slow, slow, slow!
Back it up, back it up -- you can't just jam on the brakes!' "
Clooney also suggested that he's prepared for the role in other
ways: "I've learned how to drink."
Sep 9, 1999:
Movie Stars Come To Town
A movie company is in Gloucester to begin filming The Perfect
Storm, the true story of six Massachusetts fishermen lost at sea
in 1991. Although the town's residents are eager to catch a glimpse
of actors George Clooney, Mark Whalberg and actress Mary Elizabeth
Mastrantonio, some residents say filming about the loss of the Andrea
Gai. is bringing up sad memories for the families and friends
left behind. The six died during a violent storm while fishing for
swordfish off the coast of Nova Scotia. But Mayor Bruce Tobey says
the filmmakers are treating the tragedy with sensitivity. The storm
scenes will be filmed in a large tank on a Hollywood studio
Sep 8, 1999:
Clooney Filming New Movie in Mass.
Just months out of his surgical scrubs, actor George Clooney is
donning fishing garb and sailing some rough seas. The former star of
the hit show ER is starting to film The Perfect Storm,
which details the last voyage of the Andrea Gail, a fishing
boat brought down by a brutal storm. Clooney said Tuesday the story
was a poignant and important one. "They're real people, they're
real families involved," he said. The film, directed by
Wolfgang Peterson, also stars Mark Wahlberg and Mary Elizabeth
Mastrantonio. It was to start shooting today in Gloucester for three
Sep 6, 1999:
Company Press Release The Perfect Storm ... Begins
Production for Warner Bros., Baltimore/Spring Creek Productions and
Wolfgang Petersen's The Perfect Storm, an epic drama based on
the best-selling book by Sebastian Junger, starring George Clooney,
Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane, began production for Warner Bros. in
Los Angeles on July 26, it was announced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura,
Warner Bros. president of Worldwide Theatrical Production. The
Perfect Storm is a true account of the courageous men and women
who risk their lives on fishing boats and in rescue operations at
sea. The unstated fears with which they live every working day are
suddenly and terrifyingly crystallized when they are confronted by
the greatest storm in modern history.
Petersen (Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force
One) from a script by Bill Wittliff (Lonesome Dove), the
film is produced by Paula Weinstein, Petersen and Gail Katz, with
executive producers Barry Levinson and Duncan Henderson. Clooney
stars in the upcoming Three Kings opposite Mark Wahlberg and
Ice Cube, and has just completed production on the Coen brothers' O
Brother, Where Art Thou? Wahlberg won critical attention as the
star of Boogie Nights and stars with Clooney in Three
Kings. Lane most recently starred in one of this year's most
widely praised independent films, A Walk on the Moon.
Additional cast members in The Perfect Storm include John C.
Reilly (Boogie Nights), Dash Mihok (The Thin Red Line)
and Josh Hopkins (G.I. Jane).
Filming will move
in September to Gloucester, Mass., where the events described in
Junger's book actually took place, and will return to Los Angeles
later in the fall. Visual-effects house ILM will provide computer
graphics under the supervision of Helen Elswit and practical effects
will be supervised by John Frazier (The Haunting, Armageddon).
The cinematographer is Academy Award winner John Seale (The
English Patient) and the editor is Richard Francis-Bruce (Air
Force One). Warner Bros. will distribute The Perfect Storm
Warner Bros. News
Sep 4, 1999:
Storm touches down in Gloucester
Leading men George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg and their costar, Mary
Elizabeth Mastrantonio, will head to Gloucester in the next few days
to start [location] shooting The Perfect Storm, the Warner
Bros. flick directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Among those greeting the
stars will be author Sebastian Junger, who wrote the bestseller that
inspired the movie. At a kickoff press conference on the set
Tuesday, studio types will hand Junger a check for $25,000 for the Perfect
Storm Foundation, which awards grants to children of commercial
fishermen for educational programs.
Aug 18, 1999:
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Limbo) has signed on to play
swordfish- boat captain Linda Greenlaw in director Wolfgang
Petersen's The Perfect Storm opposite George Clooney. Based
on journalist Sebastian Junger's best-selling account of a fishing
boat caught in 1991's horrible fishing-season tempest, The
Perfect Storm costars Diane Lane and Mark Wahlberg. Shooting
begins at the end of the month in Los Angeles and Gloucester,
Aug 18, 1999:
Mastrantonio Sets Sail In 'Perfect Storm'
By Chris Petrikin HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,
who recently appeared in John Sayles' Limbo, will co-star
with George Clooney in The Perfect Storm, a movie version of
the best-selling book. Journalist Sebastian Junger's nail-biter
revolved around the doomed fishing boat Andrea Gail, which got
caught in one of the century's worst storms in 1991, and the valiant
attempts to rescue its crew. Diane Lane and Mark Wahlberg also star
in the Warner Bros. drama, which will be directed by Wolfgang
Petersen (Air Force One). Shooting begins later this month in
L.A. and Gloucester, Mass.
play Linda Greenlaw, the world's only female swordfish boat captain,
whose vessel, the Hannah Boden, was the sister ship to the Andrea
Gail. Beyond her role in Junger's book, Greenlaw later penned The
Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey, a memoir about her
dangerous and male- dominated profession.
other credits include Scarface, Robin Hood: Prince of
Thieves, The Color of Money and The Abyss.
May 18, 1999:
Clooney's Stormy Future
How's this for a coincidence: In 1997, George Clooney earned People
magazine's Sexiest Man Alive honors. Joining him was Sebastian
Junger, who walked away with the Sexiest Author crown. Neither celeb
was particularly thrilled with the distinction — Clooney renounced
his title to protest the media's overzealous coverage of stars, and
Junger refused to attend an Oprah episode featuring the year's
winners. Two years later, Clooney will be starring in the cinematic
version of Junger's nonfiction best seller The Perfect Storm.
Variety, Clooney will portray the captain of the Andrea Gail, a
doomed fishing boat that succumbed to one of the century's worst
storms. Ben Affleck is being courted by Warner Bros. to play one of
the fishermen. Storm will be directed by Wolfgang Petersen,
who worked with Sexiest Man Alive 1998, Harrison Ford, on Air
Force One. The first Sexiest Man Alive, Mel Gibson (1985), was
attached to Storm, as was Nic Cage (not a Sexiest Man Alive,
surprise), but Variety reports that both leading men had to be let
go in order to keep the budget in check. Specifically, Warner Bros.
would only offer Gibson half of his usual $20 million fee, The
Hollywood Reporter says.
The Reporter says
Clooney should begin work on Storm Labor Day weekend, after wrapping
up the Coen brothers' latest, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
May 18, 1999:
Clooney Tapped to Star in Storm
NEW YORK (Variety) - After a weekend meeting with director Wolfgang
Petersen, George Clooney has signed to star in The Perfect Storm,
the Warner Bros. adaptation of the Sebastian Junger nonfiction
bestseller about the doomed fishing boat Andrea Gail. His
participation is subject to the studio being able to make a deal on
the film, which will be produced by Paula Weinstein, Barry Levinson
and Gail Katz.
The drama, adapted
by William B. Wittliff, tells the true story of the ship that got
caught in one of the century's worst storms. Even though the crew
perished in waves that reached 100 feet high, Junger wove together a
breath- taking tale involving the fishermen, their families and the
valiant attempts to rescue the seafarers.
With Clooney aboard
to play the ship's captain, the studio is also in talks for Ben
Affleck to play the other big role of a fisherman on the boat. Like
the storm in the story, Clooney materialized very suddenly.
Wittliff's adaptation of a difficult-to-adapt book helped WB land
the perfect director in Petersen, whose logistically challenged
action hits include Das Boot, Air Force One, Outbreak
and In the Line of Fire. Since then, the project has been
considered a magnet for macho leading men, with both Nicolas Cage
and Mel Gibson attached at one point. But studio determination to
keep what's already a costly picture from going overboard led to a
couple of big fish getting off the hook. Enter Clooney, who, after
starring in the critically acclaimed Out of Sight, exited his
role in ER to star in the David O. Russell-directed WB pic Three
Kings, along with Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube in a film that
opens in the fall.
Subject to a deal
being struck, Clooney will begin work in early summer, just about a
week after wrapping his role as a chain gang escapee in the Coen
Bros.-directed film Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou.
May 18, 1999:
Wolfgang Petersen Set to Develop The Perfect Storm for
January 29,1998 -- Director Wolfgang Petersen has been signed to
develop The Perfect Storm for Warner Bros. The film will be
produced by Paula Weinstein, Petersen and his partner, Gail Katz;
Barry Levinson is executive producing. The announcement was made
Thursday by Bill Gerber and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, presidents of
worldwide theatrical production for Warner Bros.
Storm will be adapted from the book of the same name by
Sebastian Junger, which has spent 35 weeks on the New York Times
best-seller list. The nonfiction book tells the story of a momentous
nor'easter, a 1991 storm that had a devastating effect on a crew of
Gloucester, Mass., fishermen. A writer has not yet been selected to
adapt the material for the screen.
recently directed and produced, with Katz, the summer smash hit Air
Force One, starring Harrison Ford, Glenn Close and Gary Oldman,
and the medical thriller Outbreak, starring Dustin Hoffman,
Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo.
Levinson have recently partnered, with The Perfect Storm
marking one of their first joint projects. Levinson was awarded the
1988 Best Director Oscar for Rain Man, starring Tom Cruise
and Dustin Hoffman.
Press Release, 1/29/98