Tuesday, September 23, 2008


From Variety:

"Universal Pictures has made a splashy preemptive buy of Moby Dick, a reimagining of the Herman Melville whale tale that Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") will direct. Studio paid high six figures to Adam Cooper and Bill Collage to pen the screenplay.

The writers revere Melville’s original text, but their graphic novel-style version will change the structure. Gone is the first-person narration by the young seaman Ishmael, who observes how Ahab’s obsession with killing the great white whale overwhelms his good judgment as captain."

"Our vision isn’t your grandfather’s ‘Moby Dick,’ " Cooper said. "This is an opportunity to take a timeless classic and capitalize on the advances in visual effects to tell what at its core is an action-adventure revenge story."

Nice. Stupid grandfather, what does he know! Hopefully they'll be able to stick in some Mountain Dew product placement to add to the edgy nature of this project.



Blogger Andrea Janes said...

This is like a Simpsons parody, and powersuit-wearing businesslady Lindsey Naegle is the exec saying these words.
"This is where tears would be, if I could cry."

12:58 PM  
Blogger Wealthy Pete said...

Maybe unnecessary retooling of acclaimed books to entice teenagers should be called "jumping the whale"

1:17 PM  
Blogger P.L. Kerpius said...

HA! you can't script this stuff...!

Ah, well, special effects are shiny.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

Is this anything like the way Wanted "reimagined" Fight Club and The Matrix into a meatheaded celebration of murder?

10:01 PM  
Blogger Matt Hauske said...

I've always said, and Pam can back me up on this, that the main problem with Moby Dick is it's not enough like Torque.

10:08 AM  

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