Zwick's whale revenge film
Yes that title does sound strange, but Edward Zwick is set to tackle the true story of a whaling ship in the 1800's that was hunted and destroyed by a sperm whale. Now that instantly sounds like a superb story and something to combat the Hollywood remake industry.
The idea of a whale turning the tables on the ship that was hunting it was something that instantly caught my attention and imagination.
The film, entitled In The Heart of the Sea, is taken from the true story described in the novel by Nathaniel Philbrick of the same name (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which tells the tale of the ill-fated whaling ship, and not just the ship itself, but the stranded crew who were at sea for ninety days and when they were finally rescued, only eight survived. The story comes from Variety.
Another interesting turnaround is that this story was the inspiration for the tale of Moby Dick by Herman Melville, (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) the story of a captain's quest to track down and kill the white whale he seems to be locked together in battle with. Strange that, the fictional story is a turnaround of the true story.
Let's throw another oddity in there and tell you that there's also a rival Moby Dick project ongoing which Timur Bekmambetov, director of Wanted (Filmstalker review). and the Russian Watch series, is set to helm.
I think this tale sounds much better though. A true story of where nature turned around on man and the whale hunted the whaler, it has a certain ring to it, and it's true. If only nature could turn around and destroy the machines that still hunt them today.
This has to be an oasis in the sea of remakes being churned out don't you agree?