CHRIS HEMSWORTH UP FOR A MOBY DICK INSPIRED FILM:
ROTH & PATEL INVOLVED
Deadline is reporting that Chris Hemsworth could possibly be teaming back up with producers Joe Roth & Palak Patel in a Moby Dick inspired film based on the National Award-winning book In the Heart of the Sea authored by Nathaniel Philbrick .
The story is based upon the tragic demise of the whale ship named Essex which inspired the movie Moby Dick, according to Deadline. Based on a true story, the book tells the tale of how the whaling ship that was destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820.
Deadline reports that the film called for a young actor to play the lead hero. The project apparently has been around Hollywood for a while. The project will be produced by SWATH producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel along with Paula Weinstein and Will Ward. Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) will pen the script and Dreamworks is the rumored studio but no confirmation.
Deadline explains the project as follows:
He plays a first mate who was supplanted as captain of the whaling ship by a better connected rival. When the ship was attacked by the sperm whale in the Pacific, he becomes the hero who leads some of them to safety. A total of 20 crewmen, the captain and first mate escaped in small whaling boats. An isolated tropical island was just 1000 miles downwind, but the captain ordered them to head the other way, out of fear of false rumors of flesh-eating savages on the island. Because they headed to South America, the boats were stranded. The survivors were ironically forced to become cannibals, casting lots in one ship to see who had to die and who had to execute him so others could eat and survive. That’s part of the tale, but another big part is the depiction of the New England whaling industry of the 1800s, when men risked their lives to chase and harpoon whales for their oil.