EXCLUSIVE: EuropaCorp has set Thomas Vinterberg to helm Kursk, the Robert Rodat-scripted adaptation of the Robert Moore book A Time To Die. Casting will begin shortly for a projected fall production start in Europe. The film is based on the true story of the nuclear-powered Russian submarine, the Kursk, which sank during a training exercise in the Barents Sea in 2000. Twenty-three sailors survived the crash and desperately waited for help to arrive, as their oxygen ran out minute-by-minute.

thomas vinterbergThe Danish filmmaker started his rise with The Celebration, directed the Oscar-nominated The Hunt, and most recently helmed Far From The Madding Crowd with Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Independent Talent Group.

Rodat’s repped by Gersh.