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Check out behind the scenes photos of Ron Howard's ocean survival drama Heart of the Sea

Oct. 30, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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With RUSH already in theaters and THE DARK TOWER not happening any time soon, Ron Howard has already begun production on his next film, HEART OF THE SEA. Based on the non-fiction book by Nathaniel Philbrick, the movie reteams Howard with RUSH star Chris Hemsworth alongside Cillian Murphy, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson, and Ben Whishaw. Howard took to Facebook and Twitter to share the first images from production on the film.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Melvilles Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

HEART OF THE SEA reveals the encounters harrowing aftermath, as the ships surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

This almost sounds like LIFE OF PI meets RAVENOUS crossed with CAST AWAY. These set photos are very reminiscent of Ang Lee on set for LIFE OF PI, but I would think that Ron Howard is going to go for a much more realistic feel for this tale. The cast is great and the cannibal aspect could make this a gruesome and chilling film to see.

Some have soured on Howard's films in recent years, but RUSH was a beautifully shot drama that felt like an action movie. HEART OF THE SEA could easily turn out the same way. With filming underway, expect HEART OF THE SEA to hit screens sometime in 2014.

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3:52PM on 10/30/2013
Heart of the Sea was a great read. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone so Iet's just say that the survivors from the movie Alive do not hold a flame to what these men endured.
Heart of the Sea was a great read. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone so Iet's just say that the survivors from the movie Alive do not hold a flame to what these men endured.
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5:24PM on 10/30/2013
'In the Heart of the Sea' is such a phenomenal book and true story and I have faith that Howard will respect the source material. I've been hoping for this for years.
'In the Heart of the Sea' is such a phenomenal book and true story and I have faith that Howard will respect the source material. I've been hoping for this for years.
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6:37PM on 10/30/2013
I think Howard is actually best when working with true stories like Rush, Apollo 13, and a Beautiful Mind (granted it was changed a lot from the true story, but still a great movie). I'll definitely check this out. The only thing I don't like is the title b/c it reminds me of the necklace from Titanic (Heart of the Ocean), but I can live with that.
I think Howard is actually best when working with true stories like Rush, Apollo 13, and a Beautiful Mind (granted it was changed a lot from the true story, but still a great movie). I'll definitely check this out. The only thing I don't like is the title b/c it reminds me of the necklace from Titanic (Heart of the Ocean), but I can live with that.
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8:45PM on 10/30/2013
RICHARD PARKER!
RICHARD PARKER!
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