Being that there has been so much news of late about oil spills, due to the big BP one in the gulf which has itself strangely disappeared from the news. I started to think it might be a good time to write a script about an oil spill. I began to wonder how many movies there were about oil spills and to my surprise I couldn't think of one...well maybe one. I vaguely remembered a TV movie about the Exxon Valdez from eons ago.
I did a keyword search on IMDB and came up with 21 matches, of the 21 most were doccos. Two were video games, one called Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and the other called James Pond: Underwater Agent. There were two TV episodes, one from Johnny Bravo: Endless Bummer/Jailbird Johnny/Bravo 13 and Rescue 8 (1958 TV series): The Chasm.
On the movie side of things there was a French movie called Le diable probablement whose synopsis didn't say a word about oil and ended with the word suicide. Charming. There was Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster which was that TV movie I vaguely remembered. There was a DTV The 7 Adventures of Sinbad. Next...
The big features were Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home and On Deadly Ground, the first being an improbable story about a killer whale's friendship with a young boy (but if you ask me Willy's just waiting for his morsel to ripen). And the second is Steven Seagal's most highly acclaimed work - 'nuff said.
And wait, I also found mention that there was a prophetic oil spill in the film Knowing.
I was certain there were more. Phantoms, from the Dean Koontz novel of the same name, but that creature is only an oil-like substance, not a spill. Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster? I think the smog monster is just sludge and while sludge can be oil I don’t think that was the intention of the movie – nor is there an oil spill in it.
So there is a dearth of oil spill movies that aren't doccos. It would seem to me that SyFy channel who just released Sharktopus could have a field day with the subject. Or maybe I shouldn’t be giving them any ideas.
So, forget SyFy, maybe we should all write a script about oil spills. The news about them might be dying right now but there's always the next one.