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Clooney intends North Sea divers film. George Clooney will be embarking on producing the Hollywood remake of Norwegian film Pionér (‘Pioneer’) following films like ‘Gravity’ and ‘The Monuments Men’. Grant Heslov’s company Smokehouse Productions and Mr Clooney recently released WWII suspense film ‘The Monuments Men’. The original Norwegian film ‘Pionér ’, produced by Oslo company Friland Produskjon, is a conspiracy thriller after real-life events. It is set in the 1980s during the Scandinavian country’s oil boom.

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Clooney intends North Sea divers film

Published on Monday, 7th April, 2014 at 11:13 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 7th April 2014 at 13:20.

George Clooney will be embarking on producing the Hollywood remake of Norwegian film Pionér (‘Pioneer’) following films like ‘Gravity’ and ‘The Monuments Men’.

Divers working underwater
The frame from the film reflects the conditions the divers were working under.Divers working underwater
Photo: By kind permission of Freeland Film


Grant Heslov’s company Smokehouse Productions and Mr Clooney recently released WWII suspense film ‘The Monuments Men’.

The original Norwegian film ‘Pionér ’, produced by Oslo company Friland Produskjon, is a conspiracy thriller after real-life events. It is set in the 1980s during the Scandinavian country’s oil boom.

The film’s protagonist is a diver called Petter played by Norway’s Askel Hennie. Petter is helping lay down a pipeline in the North Sea, diving close to 400 metres (some 1312 feet) in depth. He is unaware of the impact it would have on his future health and life.

Directed by Erik Skjoldbiærg, the film also starred Wes Bentley of ‘The Hunger Games’ fame, Stephen Lang from ‘Avatar’, and Jonathan LaPaglia who starred in TV series ‘The Sopranos’.

Producer Christian Fredrik Martin told The Guardian, “The plight of the divers is a very well-known story in this country. […] When Inside the diving facility
Inside the diving facility
Erik Avatasmark/Friland
we first started work on ‘Pioneer’, Smokehouse got in touch. They came back to us last year when the film was released in Norway.”

“Clooney and his fellow producers were attracted by the cinematic possibilities of the underwater world, I think, and also because it is the kind of non-fiction story their company has been interested in turning into films in the past,” added Mr Martin.

The cast, director, and screenwriters are not yet announced.

The film is based on the true story of some 260 divers who risked their lives in the North Sea for the oil and gas industry work.

They were not informed about the dangers it posed to their lives at depths of up to 400m. These were far more than the current set safe limit of 150m (about 492 feet). Many died.

The physical and psychological trauma suffered included lung and brain damage, loss of concentration, and hearing and visual impairment.

The divers sued the Norwegian state, some battling for 21 years for adequate compensation.

Strasbourg European Court of Human Rights judges awarded them damages-only of about EUR 8k (some NOK 67k/USD 11k) in December 2013.

Incumbent Norwegian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Robert Eriksson, subsequently met with divers this year in an effort to reach final agreement on the matter.

Last week, the Minister said divers and surviving relatives of deceased ones would each be awarded an additional approximately EUR 206.5k (some NOK 1.7m/USD 283.1k). Some have vowed to fight on.



Published on Monday, 7th April, 2014 at 11:13 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 7th April 2014 at 13:20.

This post has the following tags: oil, northsea, divers.





  
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