We Need To Talk About Herman? That’s the plan anyway, as Lynne Ramsay said when speaking to Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo on their show that she’s planning on developing a sci-fi version of the classic tale.
“This is really the first time I’ve spoken about it; it’s been very under wraps,” sshe said, “Moby Dick is a fantastic novel, an American classic, and I’m working on something loosely based on that. It’s science-fiction, so we’re taking the premise into the galaxy, creating a whole new world, and a new alien. It’s a very psychological piece, mainly taking place in the ship, a bit like Das Boot, so it’s quite claustrophobic.”
Well, as long as she stays away from the trappings of Age Of Dragons (replace “whale” with “rubbish CGI lizard”, add Danny Glover and Vinnie Jones), she probably won’t go too far wrong. An idea for Moby Dick was batter around by Wanted diretor Timu Bekmambetov but his take on it was going to be a more simplistic FX heavy affair.
Ramsay doesn’t believe it’s that much of a leap from Kevin in fact, “It’s another monster movie; the monster’s Ahab, this mad captain taking everyone on this crazy journey to their death, out of his need for revenge. It’s fascinating stuff.”
As a director used to working with small budgets, she’s confident of a low spend on this project too but she is hopeful that following the success of Kevin, she’ll be given a bit more spending money, “”I’m so used to low budgets; you find ways to do things economicaly.”
She’s writing the screenplay as has some ideas for the visuals already laid out but it’s not clear if any studio is behind the project yet or if it’s just an idea gestating in Ramsay’s head.