By Julia Emmanuele, Hollywood Staff
With survivalist films like Captain Phillips and All Is Lost taking their places as major Oscar contenders, and Lone Survivor becoming a surprise box office hit, it makes perfect sense that Harvey Weinstein would want to capitalize on such a major trend. He's acquired the rights to the New York Times article A Speck in the Sea, about a lobsterman* who fall off of his boat in the middle of the night while fishing off the coast of Montauk. With his partner still sleeping on the boat, he spends the next 12 hours fighting for his life against the ocean, relying entirely on his rubber boots to keep his head above the water. It's an intense story or survival, and Weinstein reportedly has two men in mind for the roles: everyone's favorite best friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Since the rights have only just been acquired, not much is known about the film, such as who will write it, direct it, or - most importantly - whether Affleck or Damon will play the lobsterman tossed out into the sea. We've decided to make things a little easier for Weinstein, and so we've outlined the skills and advantages each actor has, in order to determine who would best survive being thrown overboard, and who should stay back on the boat.