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Moby Dick 2.0

09.23.2008

I have long wondered why Hollywood has put forth so much effort adapting lame-ass books into films for mediocre results at best, while ignoring seminal tales that beg for the big screen treatment. Herman Melville's "Moby Dick", widely considered the Holy Grail of American literature, is such a tale, one that has been largely ignored by Hollywood since John Huston's 1956 version.

Universal has apparently noticed this slight oversight, and have shelled out big bucks to Adam Cooper and Bill Collage to pen a contemporary version of the classic novel. With WANTED director Timur Bekmambetov signed on to direct, this version is set to take what the screenwriters are calling "a graphic novel sensibility to a classic narrative." They are completely scrapping the first-person narration by the young seaman Ishmael, who observes how his captain Ahab’s obsession with killing poor Moby overwhelms his sound judgment as leader of the Pequod. Apparently this film will focus more on Moby's destruction of other vessels, and will depict Ahab as a charismatic leader, rather than a grim, man possessed. The screenwriters also had this to say about the film:

Our vision isn’t your grandfather’s ‘Moby Dick'. 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.

Although I would love to see a classic version of the novel adapted for the big screen, I think this redux could still work, especially with Bekmambetov at the helm. I've always loved whales, I love love love sperm, I love tales about whales, and I love whale tails. Come to think of it, this has the makings of another classic.
Extra Tidbit: Who should play Ahab?
Source: Variety

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8:32PM on 09/24/2008
Imagines an sweaty, muscular Ahab curving his harpoon. Of course, all in Matrix slo-mo!
Imagines an sweaty, muscular Ahab curving his harpoon. Of course, all in Matrix slo-mo!
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4:38PM on 09/24/2008

You know...

... you want to see Paris Hilton in this. Just admit it you sick monkey.
... you want to see Paris Hilton in this. Just admit it you sick monkey.
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11:14PM on 09/23/2008
umm seriously who cares about Moby Dick being made into a movie..this will bomb big time..proof Hollywood has run out of original idea
umm seriously who cares about Moby Dick being made into a movie..this will bomb big time..proof Hollywood has run out of original idea
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7:28PM on 09/23/2008
this is possibly the worst idea i have ever heard. "graphic novel sensibilities", were they afraid to say comic book style because that is what they mean. seriously, almost anything can be broken down as an action-adventure story. i mean at least they just came out a said they want to make it an f/x driven action film and didnt try to cover that fact up. i mean the second they turn Ahab into a charismatic leader fighting for the good of the people, the spirit of Moby-dick is lost, even more so
this is possibly the worst idea i have ever heard. "graphic novel sensibilities", were they afraid to say comic book style because that is what they mean. seriously, almost anything can be broken down as an action-adventure story. i mean at least they just came out a said they want to make it an f/x driven action film and didnt try to cover that fact up. i mean the second they turn Ahab into a charismatic leader fighting for the good of the people, the spirit of Moby-dick is lost, even more so with the casting aside of Ishmael as the narrator....just a bad idea overall.
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5:50PM on 09/23/2008
JAMES MCAVOY should be Ahab! He'd need to grow a beard and look more rugged and less baby-ish, though.
JAMES MCAVOY should be Ahab! He'd need to grow a beard and look more rugged and less baby-ish, though.
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2:50PM on 09/23/2008

sounds awesome

harrison ford would be a bad mother fucker as Ahab unitedvisions.
harrison ford would be a bad mother fucker as Ahab unitedvisions.
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2:39PM on 09/23/2008

Coolness

I'm up for it. Go nuts I say. It's old enough that the source material is "flexible" in my eyes.

Plus, it'll be good to see what Bekmambetov can do with a really smart premise, as opposed to Wanted and Night Watch, which are both pretentious and convoluted. Great action and visuals aside.

For casting, I say... Harrison Ford. He's the right age and he could bring back some of that intensity from his Mosquito Coast days.
I'm up for it. Go nuts I say. It's old enough that the source material is "flexible" in my eyes.

Plus, it'll be good to see what Bekmambetov can do with a really smart premise, as opposed to Wanted and Night Watch, which are both pretentious and convoluted. Great action and visuals aside.

For casting, I say... Harrison Ford. He's the right age and he could bring back some of that intensity from his Mosquito Coast days.
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1:38PM on 09/23/2008
First re-vamping Sherlok Holmes to an action hero, and now the story of moby dick being an f/x action film. What the hell. I guess hollywood has so little respect for source material, and audiences seeing as how everything is being pushed to an action story now.

Next will be the bible.
Jesus + machine guns = awesome.
First re-vamping Sherlok Holmes to an action hero, and now the story of moby dick being an f/x action film. What the hell. I guess hollywood has so little respect for source material, and audiences seeing as how everything is being pushed to an action story now.

Next will be the bible.
Jesus + machine guns = awesome.
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12:55PM on 09/23/2008

oh boy

The writers wrote NEW YORK MINUTE and ACCEPTED. So they're perfect for this...
The writers wrote NEW YORK MINUTE and ACCEPTED. So they're perfect for this...
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12:53PM on 09/23/2008

ahab...

Should obviously be played by Will Ferrell. I can picture it now...
Should obviously be played by Will Ferrell. I can picture it now...
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10:31AM on 09/23/2008
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9:39AM on 09/23/2008

Wow

I hate it when modern day writers/filmmakers think they can 'outdo' the original author of a classic book like this. It's funny because it's stupid
I hate it when modern day writers/filmmakers think they can 'outdo' the original author of a classic book like this. It's funny because it's stupid
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9:19AM on 09/23/2008

WTF???

"Contemporary"? Doesn't that kind of limit the lead roles to only Norwegian or Japanese actors? I mean, aren't they the only dudes left hunting whales (sorry Japan, i meant selectively killing for research)?
"Contemporary"? Doesn't that kind of limit the lead roles to only Norwegian or Japanese actors? I mean, aren't they the only dudes left hunting whales (sorry Japan, i meant selectively killing for research)?
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9:19AM on 09/23/2008

*slaps forehead*

I hate how Hollywood thinks they are smart and clever. DO AN ACTUAL ADAPTATION!!! YOU'RE NOT SMARTER OR MORE CREATIVE THAN HISTORICAL AUTHORS! And if you are, then actually do something "creative" for once by coming up with your own ideas.
I hate how Hollywood thinks they are smart and clever. DO AN ACTUAL ADAPTATION!!! YOU'RE NOT SMARTER OR MORE CREATIVE THAN HISTORICAL AUTHORS! And if you are, then actually do something "creative" for once by coming up with your own ideas.
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9:04AM on 09/23/2008

Soundz great

They should cast Perlman as Ahab....or Pamela Anderson now that would give it a real modern twist....she'll have to walk a round with a ivory boob in stead of a ivory leg of course.....

They should cast Perlman as Ahab....or Pamela Anderson now that would give it a real modern twist....she'll have to walk a round with a ivory boob in stead of a ivory leg of course.....

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8:36AM on 09/23/2008

...never worked

Yeah lets try to remake this....great idea.

or did we forget how bad godzilla was..when they tried to "update" godzilla and the movie.

Patrick Stewart did a good job as Ahab in the USA version.


keep it the same or don't do it....
Yeah lets try to remake this....great idea.

or did we forget how bad godzilla was..when they tried to "update" godzilla and the movie.

Patrick Stewart did a good job as Ahab in the USA version.


keep it the same or don't do it....
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8:35AM on 09/23/2008

Boo

So they're going to take Ahab and take everything cool about him away..wait..I've seen this movie...and as people have said before me it's called Jaws.

Make it like Melville wrote it or don't make it at all.

Boo you literature hating money grubbing Hollywood bastards.
So they're going to take Ahab and take everything cool about him away..wait..I've seen this movie...and as people have said before me it's called Jaws.

Make it like Melville wrote it or don't make it at all.

Boo you literature hating money grubbing Hollywood bastards.
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8:26AM on 09/23/2008
isn't the point of Moby Dick essentially about a man's obsession with revenge on a creature to whom the concept is meaningless being an act of self destructive futility? seems pretty crazy.
then again, the point of Led Zeppelin's version of Moby Dick seemed to be the futility of a 6 minute drum solo, so who can say?
isn't the point of Moby Dick essentially about a man's obsession with revenge on a creature to whom the concept is meaningless being an act of self destructive futility? seems pretty crazy.
then again, the point of Led Zeppelin's version of Moby Dick seemed to be the futility of a 6 minute drum solo, so who can say?
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7:18AM on 09/23/2008

"at its core..." ?

At its core, Moby Dick is the story of Captain Ahab and his battle with himself.

This sounds like crap. Why go so far from the actual tale if you're gonna keep the name?
At its core, Moby Dick is the story of Captain Ahab and his battle with himself.

This sounds like crap. Why go so far from the actual tale if you're gonna keep the name?
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6:51AM on 09/23/2008
Im okay with a contemporary remake. I agree that Jaws is pretty much Moby 2.0, so kinda is Star Trek: Wrath of Khan and Star Trek First Contact. Except with people or cyborgs.

The first thing that came to mind as a new ahab was gerald butler.
Im okay with a contemporary remake. I agree that Jaws is pretty much Moby 2.0, so kinda is Star Trek: Wrath of Khan and Star Trek First Contact. Except with people or cyborgs.

The first thing that came to mind as a new ahab was gerald butler.
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6:26AM on 09/23/2008
Hmmm....a really, really good remake could be good, but I'm not sure that Timur Bekmambetov should be the man at the helm. Er...no pun intended. I liked WANTED, in all honesty, but Timur's style is just...not MOBY-DICK.

I dunno...it could work, theoretically, but I'm just not sure.
Hmmm....a really, really good remake could be good, but I'm not sure that Timur Bekmambetov should be the man at the helm. Er...no pun intended. I liked WANTED, in all honesty, but Timur's style is just...not MOBY-DICK.

I dunno...it could work, theoretically, but I'm just not sure.
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6:26AM on 09/23/2008

WTF!?

"I love love love sperm,"...

Okayyyyyy.
"I love love love sperm,"...

Okayyyyyy.
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5:35AM on 09/23/2008
let's just forget that this piece of news ever happened.
let's just forget that this piece of news ever happened.
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5:35AM on 09/23/2008
let's just forget that this piece of news never happened.
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4:59AM on 09/23/2008
Has really nobody here read the novel? I mean seriously, if you had read a page, you would know that the choice of the director is totally inadequate (and I liked WANTED) and that you can't do an Moby Dick adaptation with a "graphic novel sensibilty". And Moby Dick is not an action-adventure revenge story at its core.
Has really nobody here read the novel? I mean seriously, if you had read a page, you would know that the choice of the director is totally inadequate (and I liked WANTED) and that you can't do an Moby Dick adaptation with a "graphic novel sensibilty". And Moby Dick is not an action-adventure revenge story at its core.
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4:47AM on 09/23/2008
Isn't JAWS the quintessential MOBY DICK 2.0?

It gets my vote anyway. Hell, its better than the original tale.
Isn't JAWS the quintessential MOBY DICK 2.0?

It gets my vote anyway. Hell, its better than the original tale.
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4:43AM on 09/23/2008

Ahab

Benicio Del Toro or what about viggo Mortenson
Benicio Del Toro or what about viggo Mortenson
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