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Weinsteins Catch 'A Speck in the Sea'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! January 10, 2014 at 5:29PM

The Weinstein Company has picked up film rights to author and journalist Paul Tough's gripping New York Times Magazine piece "A Speck in the Sea," the magazine's cover story last Sunday.
An image from Paul Tough's NYT Magazine story 'A Speck in the Sea.'
Daniel Shea for the New York Times An image from Paul Tough's NYT Magazine story 'A Speck in the Sea.'

Producer Rachael Horovitz was in East Hampton last weekend when she picked up the New York Times Magazine, saw a movie in writer Paul Tough's cover story "A Speck in the Sea" and ran with it.

Thus, she and fellow producer Jason Blum brought the project to The Weinstein Company, which announced today that it has acquired the film rights to Canadian-American journalist and author Tough's article. Here's a synopsis, per TWC:

"A Speck in the Sea" explores the harrowing true story of the rescue of lobster fisherman John Aldridge who fell into the ocean in the middle of the night on July 24th, forty miles off Montauk with no life vest and no way to signal where he was. Anthony Sosinski, his childhood best friend and partner on the boat, woke up to realize John was gone. What followed was an unprecedented multi-state rescue operation involving both the Coast Guard and the fishing community from across the Northeast.

Given 2013's gush of survival films, from "All Is Lost" to "Gravity," the genre is on the rise. The film, which we're already anticipating, will be produced by Horovitz (Oscar nominated for "Moneyball") along with Jason Blum and Harvey Weinstein. Bob Weinstein will executive produce the project, with TWC creative exec Julie Oh overseeing development.

You can read "A Speck in the Sea," from NYT Magazine's recent Sunday edition, here.

This article is related to: The Weinstein Co., Weinstein Co., Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Company, News, Acquisitions

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.