It appears as if director Peter Weir has come down with a nasty case of "James Cameron disease," as he is in negotiations to once again return to sea for his next pic. If all goes well, Weir will produce and direct Shadow Divers for 20th Century Fox, based on a nonfiction book by Robert Kurson with a much longer title -- Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Discovered Hitler's Lost Sub. Weir's last pic came in 2003 when he helmed Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Partly explained in the book's title, story revolves around two deep-sea wreck divers who risk their lives for six years in an attempt to identify a sunken U-boat that's discovered 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. Why was Hitler traveling to New Jersey? Well, to take in a scrumptious meal at one of the state's many 24-hour diners, of course. Actually, the plot isn't so much about Hitler as it is about the sailors who lost their lives onboard the ship, as well as these two divers who leave their lives, marriages and friends behind on a hunt for the truth. Bill Broyles (Cast Away) will pen the adaptation, and no cast or production schedule was announced. Currently, Weir is also in development with a film called Pattern Recognition for Warner Bros., though it's not certain which pic the man will direct first.