Lynne Ramsay taking MOBY DICK to outer space for next film

Movieby Jim Napier

Scottish director Lynne Ramsay is set to embark on a new project that will take her in a completely different direction. Her latest film is an adaptation of Lionel Shriver's We Need To Talk About Kevin, which stars Tilda Swinton. During a recent interview she revealed that her next project is to be a big-budget adaptation of Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick.

Here is what she had to say about the sci-fi project:

“This is really the first time I’ve spoken about, it’s been very under wraps, It’s more or less inspired by ‘Moby Dick,’ which is a fantastic novel, an American classic, but funnily enough a lot of people haven’t read it. So I’m working on something loosely based on that. And it’s science-fiction, so we’re taking the premise into the galaxy. So we’re creating a whole new world, and a new alien. A very psychological piece, mainly taking place in the ship, a bit like ‘Das Boot,’ so it’s quite claustrophobic.”

She goes on to talk about how Kevin and Moby Dick have some similarities:

“It’s another monster movie, cos the monster’s Ahab. For a filmmaker, it’s really interesting, because it’s about this mad captain taking everyone on this crazy journey to their death, from his need to revenge. Making a film is like a crazy journey, and sometimes you go into dark waters, and you see some casualties along the way. It’s fascinating stuff, because there’s so much in it.”

The project is currently in the writing and design stages, and is slated for a 2013 release. Here is what she had to say about the status:

“I’m still scripting, but I’m doing a lot of visual scripting now, so designing, pulling in different parts. What’s great with the new technology, first of all I made a trailer. Before you know I might have a little mood board film. You can start to think about the sound design fairly early on.” She also says that she’s hoping the film will be a bigger budget than what she’s used to, but also suggests it can be done relatively thriftily, telling Kermode & Mayo “I’m so used to low budgets, you find ways to do things economically.”

I have heard nothing but good things about We Need To Talk About Kevin and am excited to see it when it comes to a theater near me. A sci-fi take on Moby Dick sounds like a movie I would like to see. Watch the interview below and share your thoughts.

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