‘Wanted’ Director Timur Bekmambetov Readies His ‘Supernatural’ Harpoon For ‘Moby Dick’ Adaptation

Is it a stretch to say handguns are the modern day answer to harpoons? Surely, but no more a stretch than it is to imagine Herman Melville’s 1851 novel “Moby Dick” as a big-budget genre movie set in the present day. That’s what “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov is planning to do, trading Angelina Jolie’s bending bullets for Captain Ahab’s harpoon-flinging quest to kill the White Whale.

News of the adaptation broke last fall, but since then we haven’t heard anything about the movie. So when we caught up with the director, who is pushing forward with plans for a “Wanted” sequel, we had to know: is “Moby Dick” still on? And is it still gonna be super weird?

Yes and hell yes, Bekmambetov told MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “The idea is to make it a contemporary movie, like a genre movie for young people,” he explained. “The concept is if we’re talking about a creature with supernatural abilities, Moby Dick, then every whaler will have supernatural abilities. They can fly! I don’t know, they can bend bullets.” Mind bullets, perhaps?

The film will be Timur’s next project after “Wanted 2.” Click on the video to hear it all from the director’s mouth and to learn who he has in mind to play the monomaniacal Ahab.