Bekmambetov does Moby Dick
Here's one I didn't see coming. Timur Bekmambetov is to direct a film of Moby Dick. Following this summers Wanted, which he is also working on a sequel of, Bekmambetov will direct a re-imagining of Herman Melville's classic novel.
It certainly won't be your average book to film adaptation with Bekmambetov directing. This could be awesome, or total madness, or both.
It's Universal Pictures who have picked up the rights to the adaptation of Moby Dick. The screenplay will be written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who intend on making it in a graphic novel style. This will mean changing some main points of the original book. Cooper had this to say about the new 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.
Variety say the plan is to do away with the narration of Ishmael, as he sees Captain Ahab become more and more obsessed with killing the great white whale. The idea being that they can then show the damage it does to other ships, before it comes into contact with Ahab's. .
Changes which will perhaps rile fans of the book. It has Timur Bekmambetov's attention though, with his visual style already established in Night Watch (Filmstalker review) Day Watch(Filmstalker review), and Wanted (Filmstalker review). If they are going down the graphic novel style, then maybe they have picked exactly the right man.
So what do you think, a good idea to make large changes like those mentioned? Would you want to see Timur Bekmambetov's take on Moby Dick?