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Warner Bros. Wants Ron Howard 'In the Heart of the Sea' with Chris Hemsworth

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 24, 2013 at 1:17PM

Warner Bros. is fishing for Ron Howard to direct 19th century drama "In the Heart of the Sea," based on National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick's novel. Chris Hemsworth is already on board to star as a sailor on the Essex, the doomed sea vessel which inspired Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."
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Warner Bros. is fishing for Ron Howard to direct 19th century drama "In the Heart of the Sea," based on National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick's novel. Chris Hemsworth is already on board to star as a sailor on the Essex, the doomed sea vessel which inspired Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."

The project has a script penned by Charles Leavitt ("Blood Diamond"), and will reportedly go into production this fall.

If Howard joins the project, it wouldn't be the first collaboration between him and the "Thor" star. The director is currently in post-production on "Rush," a biopic about Formula One driver Niki Lauda and his Brit rival, James Hunt -- played by Hemsworth.

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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.