Lynne Ramsay Working on 'Moby Dick' Inspired Sci-Fi Tale 'Mobius'

October 3, 2012
Source: THR

Lynne Ramsay

Almost a year ago, word came out that We Need To Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay was looking to direct a science fiction take on Herman Melville's classic story of Moby Dick, but back then she was still in the design and planning stages of preproduction, talking about creating "a whole new world, and a new alien" for the screen. Now, 12 months later, THR reports that the title of the film will be Mobius, and that alien will be at the center of the story because it will indeed retell the tale of Captain Ahab and the giant whale in space, except the whale will now be replaced by this enigmatic new alien creation. More below!

Ramsay is co-writing the Mobius screenplay with her Kevin co-writer Rory Kinnear, and Scott Steindorff and his fledgling Scott Pictures are financing and producing. The film is being described as a "psychological action thriller" and again taps into the theme of a deranged captain fueled by rage who takes his crew on a death mission to exact his revenge against a creature that has done him wrong. Last year, Ramsay called this project, "A very psychological piece, mainly taking place in the ship, a bit like 'Das Boot,' so it's quite claustrophobic." We know Ramsay can execute the psychological aspects of the story based on her work on Kevin, but I'm interested to see if she can handle the action elements as well.

We'll find out soon enough, because she has Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender starring a western called Jane Got A Gun that shoots in January, and presumably Mobius will get underway once that project is finished. Now the only thing they need to worry about is locking down Moby to handle the soundtrack for this sci-fi thriller, and they'll have a completely Moby-centric production.

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Sounds interesting.

x on Oct 3, 2012


Currently reading Moby Dick, so piqued my attention.

hawk99 on Oct 3, 2012


Make it a space squid that would be cool, with Daniel Day as the mad captain.

Cody W on Oct 3, 2012


that would be great....

Avi Smulders on Oct 4, 2012


And we'll call it Mass Effect!

Outlander on Oct 6, 2012


Futurama did it. Wanna see.

OfficialJab on Oct 3, 2012


very interesting indeed!

Avi Smulders on Oct 4, 2012

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