EXCLUSIVE: E. Nicholas Mariani is set to adapt the Nick Schuyler bestselling survival tale Not Without Hope as a star vehicle for Dwayne Johnson at Relativity. Johnson will play one of four friends, all athletes, who capsized during a deep-sea fishing trip. Johnson will play Schuyler, who set out from Clearwater, FL with NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and former University of South Florida player Will Bleakley.
The friends’ boat capsized and they struggled to hang on during a storm over four days, suffering hypothermia, hunger, and dehydration.
Mariani scripted Ploesti for Alcon, Desperate Hours for GK Films, and Paul Revere for Disney.
Pic’s produced by Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Hiram Garcia; Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Tucker Tooley are exec producing with Rick French, Chairman & CEO of Raleigh-based French/West/Vaughan. Brett Dahl is overseeing for Relativity.
Scribe’s repped by WME, Circle of Confusion and Lev Ginsburg.