Check out how Universal Pictures is describing the Alaska whale-rescue movie that starts shooting here in Southcentral this month. The more we read about the inspired-by-true-events plot, the less true it sounds.
This line, in particular, feels a little romantic comedy:
"With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry journalists descending upon the frigid outpost, the one who worries reporter Adam Carlson the most is Rachel Kramer (Barrymore). Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she's also his ex-girlfriend."
This is also the first time I've seen a specific release date for the film. Note that they're not listing Ted Danson among the actors yet.
Release date: January 13, 2012
Genre: Rescue adventure
Cast: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Written by: Jack Amiel & Michael Begler
Based on the Book "Freeing the Whales" by: Tom Rose
Produced by: Steve Golin, Michael Sugar, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Executive Producers: Liza Chasin, Debra Hayward, Stuart Besser, Paul Green
Based on the inspiring true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure Everybody Loves Whales tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.
Local newsman Adam Carlson (Krasinski) can't wait to escape the northern tip of Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the world comes chasing it, too. With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry journalists descending upon the frigid outpost, the one who worries Adam the most is Rachel Kramer (Barrymore). Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she's also his ex-girlfriend.
With time running out, Rachel and Adam must rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales. As the world's attention turns to the top of the globe, saving these endangered animals becomes a shared cause for nations entrenched against one another and leads to a momentary thaw in the Cold War.