Wanted Helmer Remakes Moby Dick

“Wanted” and “Night Watch” director Timur Bekmambetov will helm a reimagining of the Herman Melville’s 1851 literary classic “Moby Dick” for Universal Pictures reports Variety.

Adam Cooper and Bill Collage will pen the screenplay which ditches Ishmael’s narration in favour of a “action-adventure revenge story” that allows the filmmakers to depict the white whale’s decimation of other ships prior to its encounter with Ahab’s Pequod.

Ahab himself will be depicted more as a charismatic leader rather than the brooding obsessive, a controversial move considering the whole point of the novel is the destructive nature of relentless obsession.

Scott Stuber, Jim Lemley, Cormac and Marianne Wibberley will produce.