The Open Boat

Based on the Stephen Crane short story, The Open Boat is the story of Stephen Crane, a young author who is banished from New York City by Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt in the fall of 1896. Crane is paid $700 in gold by the Bacheller newspaper syndicate to go to Jacksonville, Florida and take a gun-running boat with Junta rebels to Cuba. The boat sinks on New Year’s Day, 1897, and Crane is one of four men who are in a small dinghy off the coast of Florida, just after their ship, the S.S. Commodore, has hit a sandbar and sunk. Soon, they spot a lighthouse in the distance and although they can eventually see land, the waves are so powerful and treachorous that it is too dangerous to try to take the boat in to shore.

This film explores the indifference of nature to the fates of the men as their anger and frustration turns to realization. Themes of survival, solidarity, and the conflict between man and nature are explored.

One sunken ship, four men, thirty hours.

  • Harlan D. Whatley
    Writer
    Viva Pamplona! Viva San Fermn!, The Tartan Apple, Nine by Five, The Basin, My Muse, The Oasis on the Ghetto
  • Jared Rush
    Writer
  • Jared Rush
    Producer
    I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday, Carnage Radio, The Waiting, 1 in 7
  • Harlan D. Whatley
    Producer
    Viva Pamplona! Viva San Fermn!, The Tartan Apple, Nine by Five
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Historical Drama
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Writer - Harlan D. Whatley, Jared Rush