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‘Poseidon’ remake testing waters

Wolfgang Petersen, Mike Fleiss teaming up
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter

The Poseidon, the ocean liner that famously capsized back in the 1970s, is resurfacing.

German filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen’s Radiant Pictures and reality TV impresario Mike Fleiss are producing a remake of “The Poseidon Adventure” for Warner Bros. Pictures.

The original movie, released by 20th Century Fox in 1972, told the story of a ragtag group of survivors trapped on a passenger ship after it is flipped. The movie, produced by Irwin Allen, was part of a wave of big-budget disaster movies that proved popular in the ’70s. It was followed by the 1979 sequel, “Beyond the Poseidon Adventure,” which was released by Warners.

No writers are attached to the project.

Petersen is no stranger to seafaring thrillers, having directed 2000’s “The Perfect Storm” and 1981’s “Das Boot.” He is in postproduction on Warners’ “Troy,” which opens May 14.

While known for his TV shows like “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” Fleiss earned his first film credit as producer of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”  remake, which grossed more than $80 million domestically after its October release.