[Image designed by Mark Weaver for the Kitsune Noir blog.]
Adaptations of Moby Dick are like buses. You wait ages for one to arrive, and then two arrive at once. And then, once you’re on board, you look out of the rear window to see there’s a third one catching up, and this one’s got Danny Glover in it!
I’ve been watching for updates on adaptations of Moby Dick currently in production. There were two, directed by Mike Barker (possibly ready later this year) and Timur Bekmambetov (I’m betting this will get postponed if it ever gets made at all). Now you can add a third adaptation to the slate. Earlier this month, shooting began in Utah on Dragon Fire, starring Danny Glover as Captain Ahab, and Vinnie Jones as Stubb and Corey Sevier as Ishmael. The twist is that they’re not chasing a white whale (the Utah setting might make that tricky), but a white dragon. The rest, presumably, writes itself. “Moby Dick with dragons” must have been one of the quickest, simplest pitches in movie history. A shame about the $5 million budget, but it looks like an opportunity to use old school animatronics and puppetry. You can see a video from the set here: