Submarine Thriller Film Kursk Begins Production

Suspense is amplified when submerged, shooting starts on Thomas Vinterberg’s submarine disaster movie Kursk, starring Colin Firth.

Submarine movies are some of the most suspenseful films made. Run Silent, Run DeepU-751Das Boot and The Enemy Below, which was adapted into one of the best of the original Star Trek episodes, mined the claustrophobic depths, while Yellow Submarine and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea explored the vast expanse. Add to that the true to life threat of nuclear capabilities, like The Hunt for Red October, or the upcoming Kursk, and the promise of claustrophobic thrills implode. 

After multiple delays including lackadaisical paper pushing from the Russian defense ministry, cameras are rolling on the upcoming action thriller Kursk. Based on the true story of the K-141 Kursk, the pride of the Russian Navy, Kursk will film throughout Europe. Kursk is being directed by Oscar-nominated director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt). The film stars Colin Firth. Production is slated for Belgium, Norway and France. Colin Firth star in this Russian submarine disaster flick.

Kursk is an adaptation of journalist Robert Moore’s novel A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy. The screenplay was written by Robert Rodat, the Academy Award-winning writer of Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot and Thor: The Dark World. Moore, submarine expert Ramsey Martin, and David Russell, a Commodore of British Royal Navy, will consult on the film. Luc Besson and Ariel Zeitoun are producing.

The film stars an internationally acclaimed cast headlined by Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From The Madding Crowd, The Danish Girl, Rust and Bone), Colin Firth (The King‘s Speech, Kingsman: the Secret Service, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Spectre), Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann), Max Von Sydow (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Shutter Island), and Michael Nyqvist (Millennium Trilogy), among others.

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“Kursk is inspired by the unforgettable true story of the K-141 KURSK, a Russian flagship nuclear-powered submarine that sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000,” reads the official synopsis. “As 23 sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub, their families desperately battled bureaucratic obstacles and impossible odds to find answers and save them.”

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The K-141 Kursk is an Oscar-II class nuclear-powered cruise-missile submarine. All 118 personnel on board were killed. The second explosion of the ship was powerful enough to register on seismographs as far away as Alaska. The Russian Navy did not realize the sub had sunk and the training exercise continued for another six hours. It took then another 16 hours to find the sunken ship. After five days of searching, President Putin accepted help from the British and Norwegian navies. Norwegian divers found the escape hatch on the seventh day.

Firth is also taking on water in real life yachting film Deep Water, directed by James Marsh, which tells the story of Donald Crowhurst’s attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race. He is also working on the sequels Bridget Jones’s Baby and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.