Writer/Director Jonathan Mostow to Bring Harrowing International Refugee Story to the Screen

On Octber 23, 2020 it was announced that director Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) has signed on to write and direct the feature film based on the true story of American businessman Chris Catrambone, whose self-financed efforts resulted in the rescue of 40,000 refugees at sea. Since founding the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), Catrambone’s organization has provided humanitarian aid and services to the most vulnerable people around the world, reaching hundreds of thousands to date. The project will mark Mostow’s return to filming on water, after having directed the WW2 submarine thriller U-571 and the pilot for TNT’s action series “The Last Ship”. Scott Gardenhour (Armageddon, Coyote Ugly, Pearl Harbor, 13 Hours – The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi) is set to produce. In the interview Mostow said that

“Chris Catrambone is living proof of how one person’s passion can save lives. When he saw the world standing idle as scores of refugees drowned in the Mediterranean, he took it upon himself to do something. I’m honored to be able to tell his story.”

While producer, Scott Gardenhour said:

“As soon as I read about this story, I knew it was a film that I needed to make. Jonathan’s take on the story brings to life the emotional journey of a regular guy who risked everything to do what he thought was right.”

The project is slated for late 2021.  


Jonathan Mostow is a director, screenwriter and producer whose credits include the blockbuster hits Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the WWII submarine thriller U-571 starring Matthew McConaughey, which garnered two Academy Award nominations, and the critically acclaimed suspenser Breakdown starring Kurt Russell. Other directorial credits include the Bruce Willis science-fiction drama Surrogates and The Hunter’s Prayer, starring Sam Worthington.

For television, Mr. Mostow directed the pilot episode for the hit TNT adventure series The Last Ship”. He also directed Tom Hanks in “La Voyage Dans La Lune”, the finale episode of the Emmy Award-winning HBO mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon,” as well as the Showtime thriller “Flight Of Black Angel”, which earned him a Cable ACE nomination for Best International Movie or Special.

As a producer, Mr. Mostow’s credits include: The Game starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, Hancock, starring Will Smith and Charlize Theron, and Playing For Keeps, starring Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Uma Thurman. Mr. Mostow began his filmmaking career as a student at Harvard University, where he directed award-winning shorts and documentaries. He has been honored as “Action Director of the Year” by the World Stunt Association and is an active member of the Directors Guild of America, where he currently serves on the National Board.


Scott Gardenhour is a feature film producer and was co-founder of the Emmy award-winning commercial production company ‘The Institute.’ He produced Aaron Burr and Baby & Cat spots for the original Got Milk? campaign, winning numerous awards including a Clio and Cannes Gold Lion. He later joined Propaganda films, one of the world’s most influential production companies that launched the careers of David Fincher, Simon West, Spike Jonze, Dominic Sena, Michael Bay, and Mark Romanek.  Gardenhour’s film work includes Armageddon, Coyote Ugly, Pearl Harbor, Jumper, Pain and Gain, and 13 Hours-The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.


MOAS is an international humanitarian organization founded in 2013 in response to the Mediterranean maritime migration phenomenon and is now dedicated to providing humanitarian aid and services to the most vulnerable people around the world. Since its inception, MOAS has reached hundreds of thousands of people through its activities.

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