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‘Watchmen’ director Nicole Kassell, Participant team on fishing industry exposé

Screen Daily

By Jeremy Kay

Nicole Kassell, riding high after her work on Emmys contender Watchmen, is teaming up with Participant to direct Silver Seas, a feature about the Pulitzer Prize-winning female reporters who exposed slavery in the southeast Asian fishing industry.

AP journalists Esther Htusan, Robin McDowell, Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza became the first all-female team to win the Public Service Pulitzer Prize in 2016 after they uncovered abusive practices and modern-day slavery in fishing.

It is the same award won by The Boston Globe team in 2003 that inspired Participant’s Spotlight, which won the best picture Oscar in 2016.

In addition to Participant, Blye Faust and Nicole Rocklin – who were among the producers on Spotlight – will produce Silver Seas alongside Cori Shepherd Stern (OpenHeart).

Anya Epstein (I Know This Much Is True, The Deuce, The Affair) has written the screenplay based on a previous draft by Dana Calvo (Good Girls Revolt). Read More.