Moby Dick is constantly in my thoughts these days, largely because of the Moby Dick on the Mersey project, but filmmaker Lynne Ramsey has extra-terrestrial plans for Melville’s great novel. According to The Guardian, plans are well advanced for a science fiction film adaptation:
Ramsay is writing the screenplay with Rory Kinnear, who collaborated with her on We Need to Talk About Kevin The Glasgow-born director first revealed details of the project on Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s Radio 5 Live show in October a year ago, where she said it would be shot on a low budget. “We’re taking the premise into the galaxy,” she said. “We’re creating a whole new world, and a new alien. [It’s] a very psychological piece, mainly taking place in the ship, a bit like Das Boot, so it’s quite claustrophobic. It’s another monster movie, cos the monster’s Ahab.
“It’s about this mad captain whose crazy need for revenge takes the crew to their death. I’m taking people into dark waters and you see some casualties on the way. It’s fascinating stuff because there’s so much in it.”
The Hollywood Reporter describes the film, which will be titled Mobius, as a “psychological action thriller set in deep space [in which] a captain consumed by revenge takes his crew on a death mission fueled by his own ego and will to control an enigmatic alien”.