Ron Howard is looking at potentially directing the 19th century drama "In The Heart of the Sea" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Based on Nathaniel Philbrick's fact-based book, it follows the 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 and were lost at see for three months, at one point they were reduced to cannibalism. Only eight were ultimately rescued. The incident was the inspiration for Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."
Chris Hemsworth is already attached to play a first mate who was supplanted as captain of the whaling ship by a better connected rival. After the attack though, he becomes the hero who leads some of them to safety.
Howard is not yet committed to the film, but things are apparently going that way soon. Despite being linked to numerous projects in the past week, 'Sea is the only one that has both a script and an actor attached and ready to shoot.
Howard is currently in post-production on his racing drama "Rush" which also stars Hemsworth.