Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Timur Bekmambetov Will Direct Moby Dick

Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch, Wanted) will direct a big screen adaptation of the Herman Melville classic Moby Dick but not in the way that we know it. Instead of just basing it on the classic novel the writers are giving the story a graphic novel-style twist, Variety has the scoop:

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.

This change will allow them to depict the whale’s decimation of other ships prior to its encounter with Ahab’s Pequod, and Ahab will be depicted more as a charismatic leader than a brooding obsessive. "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."

Wow, yep seems the people who wrote New York Minute and Accepted, think Moby Dick could be improved upon.