Chris Hemsworth, fresh off box office conquests Marvel’s The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsman, is attached to star in the disaster tale that inspired Melville’s Moby Dick “In The Heart of the Sea.”
Charles Leavitt, who is famous for writing the 2006 film Blood Diamond, wrote the script, adapted from Nathanial Philbrick’s non-fiction book of the same name. The story revolves around a Nantucket whaling ship which was destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Only eight crew members were rescued alive, after being lost at sea for 90 days.
Joe Roth, Palak Patel, Paula Weinstein, and Will Ward are producing the adaptation. The project has been in development for several years, with directors such as Barry Levinson and Edward Zwick once attached to direct. It is a good team, Levinson and Zwick. Each can impart their experience in film; Levinson is currently attached to Gotti and Zwick has long lined up of notable films like Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond.
DreamWorks reportedly has the inside track on landing the project, although there are still other studios vying for the property.
Chris Hemsworth, although he’s considered as rookie in Hollywood scene, any movies that will involve big biceps and loud growl, he can play that beautifully.