'Wanted' Director Tackling 'Moby Dick'
'Wanted' Director Tackling 'Moby Dick'
This may be the weirdest news of the week.  I'm a big fan of Russian director Timur Bekmambetov, who is known for creating stylish, entertaining, less than brainy action flicks.  He's the man behind last summer's James McAvoy-Angelina Jolie shoot 'em up Wanted, and also the awesome Russian vampire movies Night Watch and Day Watch.  The director has a very unique visual style, but he's certainly not the first person I would hire to helm the film adaptation of a literary classic.

Apparently, Universal disagrees.  According to Variety, the studio has hired Bekmambetov to direct an effects-driven reimagining of the Herman Melville classic Moby Dick.  Only in Hollywood, or perhaps on an episode of The Critic, would you hear about a "graphic novel-style" version of the story that drops Ishmael's first-person narration and amps up the white whale violence.  That's the angle the screenplay by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Accepted) takes, and the writers also plan to depict Captain Ahab 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."

I don't know what to make of this news, so I'll leave it to you guys to chime in with an opinion.  Is this a brilliant idea or Hollywood's creative nadir?

- Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: Variety
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