Zwick Loves The “Heart of the Sea”

Director Edward Zwick (“Defiance,” “Blood Diamond”) has set “In the Heart of the Sea” at New Regency as his next film says Variety.

Based on Nathaniel Philbrick 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; they were lost at sea for 90 days. Eight were rescued. The incident was the inspiration for Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.”

Zwick co-wrote the script with Marshall Herskovitz and will produce with Paula Weinstein. Production aims to kick off later this year with Fox distributing the film in 2010.