Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"Let me ask you this: Does it have to be a whale? Wouldn't an airplane-sized shark be scarier?"
Ain't' It Cool News is reporting that some visionaries in Hollywood are gearing up to make a new, big-budget version of Herman Melville's classic "Moby Dick." Except of course, that they are determined to change it in order to make it more palatable to today's moronic audiences.
"Our vision isn't your grandfather's version of 'Moby Dick,'" said screenwriter Adam Cooper. "This is an opportunity to take a timeless classic and capitalize on the advances in visual effects to tell what at it's core is an action-adventure story."
Well Adam, at it's core 'Moby Dick" is actually a symbolic and metaphorical examination of man's hubris, obsession and futile attempts to control his fate and impart his will on nature, set against a backdrop of the whaling industry that was so vital to our growing nation at the time. But whatever.
The story goes on to say "The writers revere Melville's original text, but their graphic novel-style version will change the structure."
This means they will attempt to cram a hot chick in there somewhere.
"Gone is the first-person style narration by the young seaman Ishmael..."
Makes sense. He was only the vessel through which the reader understands and interprets the story.
"This change will allow them to depict the whale's decimation of other ships prior to to it's encounter with Ahab's Pequod..."
Translation: "We're going to rip off "Jaws" as much as legally possible. And there will be plenty of unconvincing CGI."
"...and Ahab will be depicted more as a charismatic leader than a brooding obsessive."
This also makes sense. Why would someone who had their leg bitten off by a whale waste time and energy brooding, or be obsessive? In fact, can we ditch that whole peg-leg thing? No A-list actor is going to want to waddle around on a peg-leg. It's just not very sexy. Instead, maybe he just has a scar on his face? Not too big, though - a tasteful scar. And now that I think of it - that title. "Moby Dick?" A sperm whale named Dick? Come on - kids are going to laugh at that. Maybe we could change it. Something like - "Leviathan"? No , too highbrow. Maybe..."White Death"? Well, we've got time to hash all that out. Can someone see if Brett Ratner is available?