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Release Date: TBA

Genres: Adventure, Historical          

Production Phase: Script Stage

Studio: Universal Pictures  

Who's Making It: Timur Bekmambetov (Director), Adam Cooper (Screenwriter), Bill Collage (Screenwriter), Scott Stuber (Producer), Jim Lemley (Producer)

Premise: Set in the 19th century, an aggressive whale is attacking sailing ships. One sea captain makes it his personal quest to defeat the bone white mammal.... More »

What We Think: Timur Bekmambetov has a fantastic style of filmmaking that relies heavily on insane action sequences. Sure, why not blow the dust off of a classic and see what the director of Wanted can bring to... More »

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Monday, August 9, 2010

While being interviewed by Empire, Timur Bekmambetov gave an update on his Moby Dick reimagining -- and we learn for the first time that there's supernatural and superpower story angles to this tale.

"I've developed the whole world, but we're still working on the script. To fight a supernatural creature, you need people with supernatural abilities. It's the same story but with a different take, much more mystical. The whalers are not ordinary people, and yes, the whale will be done digitally."

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Timur Bekmambetov, the director of Wanted and Night Watch, is now attached to helm an updated version of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. Universal Pictures stepped in and bought Bill Collage and Adam Cooper's take on the story which dispenses with the book's first-person account of the action. In the novel the story of Captain Ahab's obsession with killing the white whale is told through the eyes of Ishmael; in Collage and Cooper's screenplay, the story will unfold third-person. Scenes showing Moby Dick attacking vessels prior to the events in the novel have also been added to the screenplay, as well as an effort to soften the character of Ahab. Instead of being a man who is all-consumed with hunting the whale over his good judgment the movie's Ahab will have redeeming qualities that make him a better leader of his men.

"Our vision isn't your grandfather's Moby Dick," Cooper said to Variety. "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."

Universal paid high six figures for the idea and now the writers will work on the script. Bekmambetov could also direct a sequel to his smash summer hit Wanted before working on Moby Dick since both projects are at the same studio. The film's producers will be Scott Stuber, Jim Lemley and the screenwriting duo of Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (The Sixth Day, National Treasure).

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