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In the Works: Lynne Ramsay Nabs Backing for Her Take on 'Moby Dick,' Sci-Fi Thriller 'Mobius'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 3, 2012 at 12:49PM

Scott Pictures will be producing Lynne Ramsay's excitingly ambitious project "Mobius," a sci-fi psychological thriller based on Herman Melville's "Moby Dick." The whale of a tale will be set in deep space, where a crew is lead into ever deeper peril by an unhinged captain on a death mission, obsessed with revenge on an elusive alien entity.
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Lynne Ramsay

Scott Steindorff's Scott Pictures will be producing Lynne Ramsay's ambitious project "Mobius," a sci-fi psychological thriller based on Herman Melville's "Moby Dick." The whale of a tale will be set in deep space, where a crew is lead into ever deeper peril by an unhinged captain on a death mission, obsessed with revenge on an elusive alien entity.

Ramsay and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" co-writer Rory Kinnear re-team on "Mobius." Scott Pictures had already committed to taking on Ramsay's imminent and equally promising next project "Janie Got a Gun," a western starring Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender. "Janie" begins shooting in January.

In a sideways connection, Tilda Swinton, star of Ramsay's "Kevin," recently recorded the first chapter of the Melville classic for "Moby Dick" Big Read, a site dedicated to changing the massive tome's standing as the "great unread American novel."

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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.