So I just reported that Ron Howard's next gig after Rush is probably going to be The Graveyard Book. I spoke too soon. Warner Bros. is looking at Howard for In The Heart of the Sea. If he takes the gig, he would team back up with his Rush star Chris Hemsworth, who is attached to star as a first mate aboard the Essex, the doomed ship whose encounter with a whale inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Insiders report that Howard has not yet committed.
In the Heart of the Sea has both a script and a growing cast, and this will most likely be Howard's next gig. Howard is currently assisting with post production on Rush, a biopic about Formula One driver Niki Lauda and his rivalry with English driver James Hunt (Hemsworth).
The project will probably be incredibly expensive, as Vulture points out, "the only thing riskier and more expensive than shooting a period film is shooting on the water." In the Heart of the Sea is a film that does both.
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