Best known for helming episodes of HBO hits ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Sopranos’, Tim Van Patten is now reportedly in talks to take the lead as director of Disney’s ‘The Finest Hours’ which is a coast guard drama adapted from a bestselling book by Casey Sherman ad Michael Tougias.

The drama focuses on the daring rescue of 84 men just off Cape Cod in 1952 following the collision of two oil tankers which were torn to pieces by waves during blizzard conditions. The adaptation was penned by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, writers of ‘The Fighter’.

This will be Van Patten’s first feature as he has previously focused only on television. He has a laundry list of television credits including Sex in the City, The Wire, Empire and Rome among others.

Disney first picked up the project last summer in a deal brokered by Verve with Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith Vein and Michael Prevett. Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero are attached to produce under Disney’s Whitaker Entertainment banner.