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Ron Howard‘s latest film, Rush, isn’t even yet in theaters across most of the world, but the filmmaker is already making his next movie.

That movie is Heart of the Sea, a period adventure film based on a novel by Nathaniel Philbrick. It tells the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw. Working from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Avatar sequels) and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, Warcraft), production started two weeks ago in the UK but Warner Bros. just officially announced the shoot. Below, read the press release which has a ton of other information on the film. Read More »

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It’s not unusual for in-demand filmmakers to consider a few different projects before settling on their next gig, but Ron Howard‘s really spoiled for choice at the moment. Last week, he attached himself to direct the J.J. Abrams-produced fantasy All I’ve Got, and just a couple of days ago he entered talks to helm the live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Today, he’s adding another movie to his list of possibilities.

Howard is reportedly circling In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathan Philbrick‘s book about the whaling voyage that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The film would reunite Howard with his Rush star Chris Hemsworth, who’s been on board to star since last year. More details after the jump.

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Chris Hemsworth has been part of three major film releases this year: The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Cabin in the Woods, and he plays one of the lead roles in Ron Howard’s upcoming racing film Rush. But with a sequel to Thor shooting soon and a sequel to Huntsman likely happening next year, he hasn’t signed on to as many new project as some other hot young actors.

But now he’s attached to a film that could leverage some of the appeal he brought to Thor, in a slightly different way. In the Heart of the Sea is a book by Nathaniel Philbrick that recounts a two hundred year old whaling story, in which a whaling ship is attacked and destroyed by a sperm whale. The tale features classic heroism, a struggle for survival, and even cannibalism.

Now Hemsworth is attached to play the lead while the film looks for a studio home. The interesting bit is that (speaking of…) the voyage detailed in the book is the one that inspired Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. Read More »

I’ll be completely up front with you — I really have had no interest in the movie Battleship since it was announced. Even the recent action-packed Michael Bay-lite trailers didn’t win me over. I just didn’t see the point of making a big screen adaptation of the Battleship board game. And I also didn’t understand why an adaptation of that board game would involve an alien attack. It just didn’t make sense to me. Despite loving director Peter Berg‘s previous films and recently discovering the awesomeness of Friday Night Lights (the tv series), I just didn’t care.

When Peter Berg stepped onto the WonderCon stage in Anaheim, you could tell he was on a mission. Why a movie based on a board game? Why aliens? Berg made his pitch and somehow was able to change my mind — I now am excited to see this film.

Peter Berg never wanted to make a movie based on a board game. He wanted to make a naval movie but Hollywood wouldn’t let him.

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