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Newly announced action/sci-fi film Mobius is being pitched as Moby Dick... IN SPACE!

Oct. 3, 2012by:

Lynne Ramsay and Moby Dick

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN was one of last year's most talked-about films. And writer/director Lynne Ramsay has decided to parlay that success into something more. Some sci-fi. Something... called MOBIUS.  Co-written with her KEVIN collaborator Rory Kinnear, MOBIUS "takes cues" from Melville's classic tale described as a "psychological action thriller set in deep space" where "a captain consumed by revenge takes his crew on a death mission fueled by his own ego and will to control an enigmatic alien."

There are really truly on two ways this can go.  The different paths to me are stark, and no I'm not using a pun to illustrate that one of them is to pitch this as a comic concept to Marvel.  Either it'll be a grand space opus and as disturbingly gripping as KEVIN, or it'll be a grand space opus and as bloated as a beached whale.  Do whales bloat when they're beached, or do they shrivel up from dehydration? The basic idea actually works either way, I'm just curious.

MOBY DICK has been adapted many times over for many different mediums since it was first published in 1851, with what is arguably the most notable film entry being the version made in 1956 starring an explosively brilliant Gregory Peck.

MOBIUS reuintes Ramsay with Scott Pictures, the company producing her next directorial effort JANE GOT A GUN starring Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.

Natalie Portman lying on tile

Extra Tidbit: John Huston and the late Ray Bradbury co-wrote the screenplay for the 1956 version.

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2:54PM on 10/03/2012
Not sure how this will work but sounds interesting.
Not sure how this will work but sounds interesting.
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2:19PM on 10/03/2012
I don't like how they changed Ray Bradbury's original idea that he'd be chasing a white Comet instead of a white wale. Why do they have to include aliens??
I don't like how they changed Ray Bradbury's original idea that he'd be chasing a white Comet instead of a white wale. Why do they have to include aliens??
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1:42PM on 10/03/2012

cool...

sounds pretty solid.
sounds pretty solid.
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11:22AM on 10/03/2012
Could work, but didn't two Star Trek movies already cover this ground? Granted they were more thematically based, so it would be interesting to see a direct translation....
Could work, but didn't two Star Trek movies already cover this ground? Granted they were more thematically based, so it would be interesting to see a direct translation....
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10:25AM on 10/03/2012
I dunno.... the title just makes it sound like a Prometheus parody. It's too early for me to jump on the bandwagon.
I dunno.... the title just makes it sound like a Prometheus parody. It's too early for me to jump on the bandwagon.
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9:19AM on 10/03/2012
Mobius gets a chance here. Ramsay's Kevin convinces me that she can do some very intelligent thinking-man's sci-fi such as Gattaca, Sunshine, or 2001. Let us see how the project develops. A good sci-fi drama is hardly the worst thing in the world.
BTW, any corpse exhibits simultaneous decay and mummification; however, cetacean bodies blow-out eventually with a tremendous fart. The news presents this event occasionally at least.
BTW, Moby Dick in space occurred already. The plot happened in
Mobius gets a chance here. Ramsay's Kevin convinces me that she can do some very intelligent thinking-man's sci-fi such as Gattaca, Sunshine, or 2001. Let us see how the project develops. A good sci-fi drama is hardly the worst thing in the world.
BTW, any corpse exhibits simultaneous decay and mummification; however, cetacean bodies blow-out eventually with a tremendous fart. The news presents this event occasionally at least.
BTW, Moby Dick in space occurred already. The plot happened in Star Trek 8, remember?
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9:18AM on 10/03/2012
So what Avatar did is the new trend? Take a classic tale (Pocahontas/Moby Dick), and throw it into space! ..I'll remain neutral only because I love sci-fi!
So what Avatar did is the new trend? Take a classic tale (Pocahontas/Moby Dick), and throw it into space! ..I'll remain neutral only because I love sci-fi!
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8:20AM on 10/03/2012
This could be as great as the underrated Titan A.E.
This could be as great as the underrated Titan A.E.
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8:10AM on 10/03/2012
I'll remain optimistic until proven otherwise. We Need To Talk About Kevin was great and I would think Ramsay would recapture the emotionally gripping feeling of that movie with a sci-fi twist. I can definitely see this being a mix of Event Horizon and Sunshine.
I'll remain optimistic until proven otherwise. We Need To Talk About Kevin was great and I would think Ramsay would recapture the emotionally gripping feeling of that movie with a sci-fi twist. I can definitely see this being a mix of Event Horizon and Sunshine.
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8:00AM on 10/03/2012
Moby Dick has some great themes that can be translated into space pretty easily I imagine.
Moby Dick has some great themes that can be translated into space pretty easily I imagine.
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