In November of 1820, the American whaling ship Essex sunk after being attacked by a gigantic sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean. The story of the ill-fated vessel, which many believe to have provided the inspiration for Herman Melville’s 1851 masterpiece Moby-Dick: or, The Whale, has been the subject of a great deal of historical interest and is set to be the topic of upcoming films by both the BBC and Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.
While it was the account of the sinking of the Essex written by the ship’s First Mate, Owen Chase, that inspired Melville’s novel, the BBC’s adaptation will be based on the journal kept by the youngest member of the ship’s crew, a cabin boy named Thomas Nickerson. Though the BBC’s adaptation, which is set to be released under the title The Whale, will be based upon the same events as Melville’s novel, executive producer Eamon Hardy told The Guardian that, upon watching the film, “Very few people will know that Moby-Dick was directly inspired” by the same story.
Meanwhile, Ron Howard set sail for the Warner Bros. studios in Hertfordshire, UK where he will begin production on his next project, a film adaptation of Nathaniel …read more

Via: Melville House Books