After many false starts, the most prominent corporate crime film in recent memory may be released later this year in the United States and United Kingdom.
The producers of Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, a drama about the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster that killed thousands, are reportedly in final status negotiations with North American and European distributors.
The film focuses on the run up to what became the largest industrial disaster in human history, killing 2,500 people within days of the December 3, 1984 disaster and an estimated 25,000 people in the years following.
The film stars Martin Sheen as Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson.
The film is directed by Ravi Kumar.
A 2013 trailer for the film shows the Carbide CEO saying — “It’s about jobs. India was open for business I wanted Carbide at the heart of the revolution.”
During one scene, bribes are being paid to local officials — “a little grease for the cause of democracy” — with a voiceover of the Carbide CEO saying “thank God we’ve maintained a strong relationship with the local government.”
A young Western reporter (Mischa Barton) challenges the CEO — “your factory is choking this town,” she says.
“This factory feeds this town,” the CEO replies.
The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival last year and garnered positive reviews as the Closing Night Gala Film of the Asia House Pan-Asian Film Festival.