It’s been a while since we’ve received any significant updates on Timur Bekmambetov‘s action-oriented Moby Dick adaptation, but the project’s apparently still simmering over at Universal and has just brought in a new writer to help with one specific stumbling block: the budget.

Over the past year, we’ve seen several big action adaptations get scrapped or put on hold for financial reasons, including Disney’s Lone Ranger, Warner Bros.’ Akira and Arthur & Lancelot, and Legendary’s Paradise Lost, and it seems Universal is also treading carefully. Aaron Guzikowski, who previously wrote Universal’s Contraband, is in negotiations to rewrite the Moby Dick¬†script with the specific aim of trimming costs. More details after the jump.

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