Ron Howard has plenty of clout to build options for “the next step,” and it’s as work on the period piece racing film, Rush, comes to a close that he’s making eyes at some very different projects. Only in the past seven days have we heard about some odds of helming a unique, J.J. Abrams-produced romance, All I’ve Got, and The Graveyard Book, a Disney-backed version of Neil Gaiman‘s beloved children’s tome. Save for the supernatural angle we could slap on either, these are not exactly one and the same when broken down in greater detail.
Time to throw another curveball out there. Vulture have learned that Howard‘s begun circling a second pairing with his Rush star, Chris Hemsworth, on the actor’s starring role in the adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick‘s In the Heart of the Sea. Announced in June, the picture’s a Moby Dick-inspired true story, scripted by Charles Leavitt (The Seventh Son, Blood Diamond) and focused on a “Nantucket whaling ship the Essex, which was stalked and ultimately destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Stranded thousands of miles from home, the crew struggled to survive; they were lost at sea for 90 days. Eight were rescued.”
It’s going to cost a lot of money to be done right, but that’s both a given and almost beside the point when things have already begun to heat up. What makes In the Heart of the Sea a real contender for Howard‘s next effort are two things As it stands, All I’ve Got and The Graveyard Book have neither — and it’s because of either that Warner Bros. are willing to jump into the fray for a fall start. I never would’ve thought Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth would make a big-scale whaling tale with one another, so hats off for not playing things too safe.
Might Howard be a suitable fit for this tale? What kind of impression would you say some early descriptions leave?
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