Hollywood stars Ewan McGregor and Jude Law interested in recreating Cumbria submariners’ story
Last updated at 08:43, Thursday, 29 August 2013
HOLLYWOOD A-listers are being linked with a film role to portray a courageous Broughton man on the silver screen.
Former Royal Navy submariner Roger Chapman, of Woodland, was aboard Pisces III, a 6ft deep-sea submersible which was trapped on the Atlantic Shelf for three days from August 29, 1973.
Mr Chapman, who was 28 at the time, was working on a contract to bury transoceanic telephone cables.
He was trapped alongside father-of-four Roger Mallinson 1,575ft beneath the waves 150-miles off the coast of Ireland before an 84-hour international rescue operation fetched them back above the surface, as concerns mounted that their oxygen supplies would run out.
Mr Chapman, 68, has been in talks with Giant Films regarding the translation of his story to the cinema screen and A-listers Ewan McGregor and Jude Law are among the stars interested in recreating the story for the movie version.
He said: “It’s not my call but if Ewan McGregor is interested and wanted to go for playing me it would be nice. I think that this company want to stick to the story.”
After being rescued the pair were greeted by hundreds of people and Mr Chapman said he was “euphoric” on release.
Mr Chapman said he was confident the story would not be overly revised like US-produced films such as U571 after a number of meetings with the potential film-makers. He said: “It has been a long slog. A Canadian film company bought the rights to the book (No Time On Our Side) a few years ago and they were going for a big budget film but the rights expired last year.
“I think that Giant want to stick to the story – they’re UK based and we’ve met several times.
“I’m confident that something will happen.”
Mr Chapman is still involved in the submarine industry working for James Fisher Defence, based in Barrow.
In 2005 the company he founded, James Fisher Rumic, was involved in saving seven Russian submariners trapped in the mini-sub Priz, at a depth of 625ft off Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka peninsula.
The father-of-two told the Evening Mail his sons Marcus and Sam have been wholly supportive of the film project and were looking forward to seeing their father’s story told on the silver screen.
First published at 14:53, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
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I remember this incident very well.I was a young lad aged 20 working in the General Machine Shop at Vickers in 1973 and can remember my foreman coming to me and asking me to make a part for the snap hook which was used in the rescue.He also asked me to stay till I had finished it.He told me what had happened and I had no hesitation in agreeing.I always remember there was a wagon with the driver in it parked at the end of the bay by my machine and as soon as I had finished he drove out of the shop at speed to the Boiler Shop where the part I had made was put into the snap hook which had been fabricated there.This was then taken to Walney Aerodrome and was flown to Cork to the people involved in the rescue.I also remember feeling an immense sense of relief when they were finally rescued,as Miles Mallinson Roger Mallinsons brother was teaching me engineering at nightschool.In 1975 I met my wife at Miles,s house at a Xmas party he organised and went onto meet Roger who is still full of life to this day.
My late father Brian Royle was a diver for Vickers Oeceanic,s and we have the very same colour pictures of him that you have here on submarine hock ups and onboard the support vessel. While employed by them he was traveling back from Aberdeen by light aircraft when it crash landed on Walney airfield.