But first, Poseidon. Why remake one of the best-known disaster movies of the '70s? "I would say it's a complete regenesis of that idea. It's quite different, and I think that's one of the things that makes this particular movie ring true. The story is exactly the same story, in the sense that a cruise ship gets hit by a rogue wave and flips over, but every single character is entirely different, and the structure of the movie is very different
"The technology has moved on. You watch the original, and they jump over a chair like they're risking their lives, because they don't have the technology or the money in that film to do anything. It's actually not a bad film; it's quite interesting in certain ways. But the technology that's available – with CGI but also with sets. We're doing a lot of stuff where they built these mind-blowing sets; basically huge chunks of an eight-storey cruise ship upside down. It's on hydraulics so the whole thing collapses and falls apart when you're actually on it. It's pretty spectacular."
"I think, if there's a director for this movie it's Wolfgang. He knows not only water, but confined spaces in water particularly brilliantly. That was one of our first conversations – him saying that to me; look, he knows how to do this, and so far I agree!
"With Poseidon, you say, 'Honestly, why not remake it?' There's certain films where they're too creative to begin with, and why would you want to undercut it or put yourself in the line of fire, but I think Poseidon is a different story. Poseidon, to be honest, is a movie that can be quite a bit better than the original."