Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' First Official Look: Jared Leto As The Joker In 'Suicide Squad' First Official Look: Jared Leto As The Joker In 'Suicide Squad' Joss Whedon Says He Earned More Making 'Dr. Horrible' Than 'The Avengers,' Weighs In On Marvel Vs. DC Joss Whedon Says He Earned More Making 'Dr. Horrible' Than 'The Avengers,' Weighs In On Marvel Vs. DC Tom Hardy Met Mel Gibson And Made Him A Bracelet, Says Michael Fassbender Was "The Sh*t" In School Tom Hardy Met Mel Gibson And Made Him A Bracelet, Says Michael Fassbender Was "The Sh*t" In School Native Actors Walk Off Set Of Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous 6' Over Disrespectful, Insulting Script Native Actors Walk Off Set Of Adam Sandler's 'Ridiculous 6' Over Disrespectful, Insulting Script Watch: Johnny Depp Rages As Whitey Bulger In First Trailer For Gangster Tale 'Black Mass' Watch: Johnny Depp Rages As Whitey Bulger In First Trailer For Gangster Tale 'Black Mass' Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' And More Added To Cannes Film Festival Lineup Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' And More Added To Cannes Film Festival Lineup First Look: Johnny Depp Goes Gangster In As Whitey Bulger In 'Black Mass' First Look: Johnny Depp Goes Gangster In As Whitey Bulger In 'Black Mass' Watch: Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Michael Fassbender And More Talk The Art Of Acting Watch: Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Michael Fassbender And More Talk The Art Of Acting Review: Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Starring Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson & More Review: Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Starring Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson & More Watch: Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, And More Talk The Art Of Filmmaking Watch: Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, And More Talk The Art Of Filmmaking Christopher Nolan's Favorite Sequence From His Movies Is The Airplane Kidnapping Scene From 'The Dark Knight Rises' Christopher Nolan's Favorite Sequence From His Movies Is The Airplane Kidnapping Scene From 'The Dark Knight Rises' Joss Whedon Calls Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' "The Best Script Marvel Ever Had," Warns Of Serialized Moviemaking Joss Whedon Calls Edgar Wright's 'Ant-Man' "The Best Script Marvel Ever Had," Warns Of Serialized Moviemaking The 41 Most Anticipated Movies Of Summer 2015 The 41 Most Anticipated Movies Of Summer 2015 Watch: First Teaser For 'Star Wars: Rogue One,' Plot Details Confirmed Watch: First Teaser For 'Star Wars: Rogue One,' Plot Details Confirmed The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

Rewrites Galore: Timur Bekmambetov's 'Moby Dick' & James Watkins' 'Methuselah' Get Tinkered With

The Playlist By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist June 12, 2012 at 2:43PM

With major tentpole films such as “World War Z” and “GI Joe: Retaliation” recently experiencing major structural changes, in both cases executed well after the majority of the film has been shot, the public awareness of just how much behind-the-scenes finagling occurs has gone up ten-fold. Constant revisions and re-edits may appear to be damaging to the final product, but in actuality they're oftentimes just another essential part of the process -- or at least Universal and Warner Bros. are hoping so, as they begin major rewrites to two scripts floating around within their gates.
0
Moby Dick Methuselah

With major tentpole films such as “World War Z” and “GI Joe: Retaliationrecently experiencing major structural changes, in both cases executed well after the majority of the film has been shot, the public awareness of just how much behind-the-scenes finagling occurs has gone up ten-fold. Constant revisions and re-edits may appear to be damaging to the final product, but in actuality they're oftentimes just another essential part of the process -- or at least Universal and Warner Bros. are hoping so, as they begin major rewrites to two scripts floating around within their gates.

At the start of the year, the Mark Wahlberg actioner “Contraband” may not have revolutionized cinema in really any way, but the film nevertheless stood out at the box office amidst an otherwise quiet field, taking in nearly $100 million worldwide. Naturally, it makes sense for Universal to keep those involved around, and for the film's writer, Aaron Guzikowski, that means tackling the studio's long-gestating adaptation of “Moby Dick,” with the objective of reining in the budget for director Timur Bekmambetov (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) to step in once finished.

A script for Bekmambetov, initially written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage before being passed on to Evan Spiliotopoulos later, has been making the rounds since 2008. The first draft reportedly focused on the seaman Ishmael's first-person perspective, showing the other vessels' encounters with the eponymous whale, and also portrayed Captain Ahab as a “more charismatic” (read: Johnny Depp-ish) fellow than the revenge-centered one as portrayed in the Herman Melville novel. It remains to be seen whether this will be the final draft before production, but if all else fails, toss Patrick Stewart into a water soundstage again and he'll fill in the narrative cracks admirably.

Another estimable box-office hit near the year's start was director James Watkins' “The Woman In Black,” which garnered great reviews in addition to a solid performance from Daniel Radcliffe. Watkins smartly used the film's success to add some movies onto his slate, one of them being an action-adventure pic entitled “Methuselah,” which he penned as well, but it appears that Warner Bros. isn't sufficiently pleased with his draft. “I Am Legend 2” scribe Arash Amel has been tapped to deliver a page-one rewrite of Watkins' draft, which follows a 1,000-year-old man who has used his time to hone a set of special skills, and will begin on the project once he hands over his 'Legend' draft, whenever that project decides to get going.

Hopefully not too long, as Watkins is definitely a talent to watch, and one that would be unfortunate to lose amidst studio development hell, as necessary as the changes might be.


This article is related to: Moby Dick, Timur Bekmambetov, Methuselah, James Watkins, Aaron Guzikowski, Arash Amel


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates