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Warner Bros. is reportedly interested in hiring Oscar-winning director Ron Howard for In The Heart of the Sea, a project that already has Thor’s Chris Hemsworth attached to star.
The film will be based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s National Book Award winner and is about the Essex and its captain, who inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. Insiders for Vulture say that Howard hasn’t committed to the project just yet, but Charles Leavitt’s script is already finished and production could start as soon as this fall.
This news comes just days after The Hollywood Reporter noted that Howard is in talks with Disney to direct Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. That project was originally left for dead after Henry Selick’s stop-motion animated film was cancelled, but now the studio wants to make it as a live-action film.
Howard is Disney’s first choice and will oversee a new script if he does direct. Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment could also join the project to co-produce.
The A Beautiful Mind director just finished Rush, which stars Hemsworth and is set to hit theaters in September. He is also reportedly working on All I’ve Got with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot at Paramount.