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Call Tilda Swinton Ishmael on 'Moby Dick' Big Read Site

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 25, 2012 at 12:35PM

The Moby Dick Big Read site calls the Herman Melville classic "the great unread American novel." To rectify this, the site has gathered a group of participants, ranging from famous to unknown, to each read and record one of the 135 chapters from the whaling tome. First up: Tilda Swinton.
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The Moby Dick Big Read site calls the Herman Melville classic "the great unread American novel." To rectify this, the site has gathered a group of participants, ranging from famous to unknown, to each read and record one of the 135 chapters from the whaling tome. First up: Tilda Swinton.

"Moby Dick" is currently capturing the adaptation- and remake-happy imagination of Hollywood, with screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski ("Contraband") working on a rewrite for the long-gestating Universal project, with Timur Bekmambetov set to direct once the script is set. Let's hope they don't retitle it "Captain Ahab: Whale Hunter."

Check out Martin Scorsese's two 10 Best lists here, in which he cites John Huston's brilliant 1956 adaptation of "Moby Dick" as one of the top English-language films to master light and color.

This article is related to: Tilda Swinton, Digital Future


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.