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Moby Dick Movie to Be Graphic Novel-Like

Director of Wanted Takes on Moby Dick

Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov will help screenwriters Adam Cooper and Bill Collage reimagine the classic Herman Melville tale, Moby Dick, for the big screen. The writers hope to bring a "graphic novel sensibility" to the "action-adventure revenge story." Variety continues:

The writers revere Melville's original text, but their graphic novel-style version will change the structure. Gone is the first-person narration by the young seaman Ishmael, who observes how Ahab’s obsession with killing the great white whale overwhelms his good judgment as captain.

This change will allow them to depict the whale's decimation of other ships prior to its encounter with Ahab’s Pequod, and Ahab will be depicted more as a charismatic leader than a brooding obsessive.

As Cooper quipped, "Our vision isn't your grandfather’s Moby Dick." Indeed.

Does this sound awesome to you? Or ridiculous?


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marseilles-rose marseilles-rose 9 years
That's a change of direction!
Phil Phil 9 years
This just sounds ridiculous. Melville's novel is a classic, and to cheapen it by throwing out the narrative and focusing on how big and scary the whale is is detestable. It's like adapting Emma for a modern audience by setting the story in Nevada instead of Hartfield and making Emma the owner of a brothel who likes body paint.
beanbagchair beanbagchair 9 years
Ridiculous. Moby Dick is inspired plenty of great, modern movies with different titles -- Jaws among them. This is just going to be terrible.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
well i guess since i've read the book and heard about the story since i was little, i've still got that image in my head of what it will be. i think that if they are able to make it a bit more modern, then anything is possible
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
"Call me Ishmael." One of the classic lines of all time. I'll take my "grandfather's" version over this one any time.
sugoionna09 sugoionna09 9 years
I'm not ok with this. Just not.
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 9 years
what, does someone just want to do their own version of Jaws and figures the banner of "Moby Dick" will bring in more movie goers?
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