In 2019, Todd Haynes directed “Dark Waters”, written by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan. This film dramatizes Robert Bilott’s case against DuPont, a chemical manufacturing corporation, after they contaminated a town with unregulated chemicals.
What is Dark Waters about?
The film is based on Nathaniel Rich’s article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” from the New York Times Magazine in 2016. In 2007, Callie Lyons, a journalist from the Mid-Ohio Valley who covered the scandal. Certainly, it unfolded and published “Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof, and Lethal: The Hidden Hazards of C8.”
Subsequently, the sections of the story were covered by Mariah Blake. Her article “Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia” was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2015. It also includes works of Sharon Lerner, whose series “Bad Chemistry” featured in The Intercept. Moreover, “Exposure”, a book about Bilott’s 20-year legal dispute with DuPont, was also released.
Production of Dark Waters
The film, then titled “Dry Run”, was directed by Todd Haynes. Other than that, it was produced by Participant Media and Mark Ruffalo. In November 2018, it was announced that Ruffalo will star in the film.
Moreover, the principal shooting for the film began on January 14, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cast of Dark Waters:
- Mark Ruffalo
- Anne Hathaway
- Tim Robbins
- Bill Camp
- Victor Garber
- Mare Winningham
- William Jackson Harper
- Bill Pullman
When was the movie released?
Focus Features released Dark Waters in limited theaters on November 22, 2019. Later, it went wide on December 6, 2019. Subsequently, the film was well-received by the critics. Above all, the film grossed over $23 million at the box office.