Ford in the sub-way

Harrison Ford has looked long and hard but has found his next project — K-19, a drama about a Soviet submarine crew’s desperate race to keep their “cargo” on board from causing a nuclear meltdown.

Being produced by Intermedia and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days), the film could begin production next February, assuming Ford‘s $20 million price ticket is approved.

After starring in Robert Zemeckis‘ What Lies Beneath’, Dreamwork’s thriller hit this summer, Ford has been actively searching for his next project to be completed before the imminent actors’ strike next summer, trying to find a compelling action film.

The fact-based K-19 fits the bill perfectly. He will be playing a Soviet captain, using his vessel and crew to try and stop a nuclear disaster from happening. Like the recent U-571 and the older classic Das Boot, once again the comarderie of being on a submarine brings out heroic deeds.

This marks the first deal UTA has brought to its new client Ford and longtime manager Patricia McQueeney.