National Treasure helmer to tackle Greenpeace

Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) will direct a feature film chronicling the origin of the Greenpeace movement.


Set primarily in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the story will be told through the eyes of the controversial organization’s charismatic founding members, Bob Hunter and Rex Weyler. The duo led an eccentric group of pacifists, ecologists, musicians, teachers, sailors, and scientists as they attempted — often successfully — to disrupt American and French nuclear bomb tests, Japanese and Russian whaling ships and Norwegian infant harp seal hunters. In the process, they inadvertently started a movement that is still going strong nearly four decades later.


Two books will shape the narrative of the film: Weyler’s “Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists, and Visionaries Changed the World” and Hunter’s “Warriors of the Rainbow: A Chronicle of the Greenpeace Movement.”


Producers are currently searching for scribes for the project.