Did you really think Hollywood wouldn't try to capitalize on the tragic event's of Hurricane Katrina? Sony Pictures and Will Smith have acquired the rights to the life of a guy named John Keller who is an ex-Marine that orchestrated the rescue of 244 people after their five-story building was flooded in 11 feet of water during the deadly hurricane.
John Lee Hancock is set up to write and direct the film. He also made a pretty good movie called 'The Rookie' and a mediocre film called 'The Alamo'. They will use a spec script that was written on Keller's Katrina experience as the backbone for writting the complete script. Variety reports:
Nicknamed "The Can Man," Keller has been profiled in several publications. He has said that he was motivated to help not out of any financial gain, nor a desire to be a hero, but a concern for the elderly residents of his building.
Well of course he is going to say that! But I am sure he didn't turn down the money Sony gave him either. This man performed a selfless and incredible act of heroism and kindness, and it is great that the world will get to see his story.