Lynne Ramsay to Direct Moby Dick… in Space!

The director of hard-hitting dramas like Ratcatcher and We Need to Talk About Kevin is going sci-fi with 'Mobius.'

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


"We're whalers on the moon.

We carry a harpoon.

But there ain't no whales

So we tell tall tales

And sing a whaling tune."

      ~ "Futurama" Episode 1.02 – "The Series Has Landed"

We've seen whalers on the moon before, and we've seen Captain Picard act way out of character to be more like Captain Ahab in Star Trek: First Contact. We've even transplanted Herman Melville's Moby Dick way back to the Age of the Dragons. But the first proper version of Moby Dick in space is only just now going into development.

The weird part is… that's not the weird part. The weird part is that it will be directed by Lynne Ramsay, a filmmaker famous for low budget, wrenching dramas like Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar and We Need to Talk About Kevin, a heartbreaking motion picture about the limits of maternity centered around a mass high school slaying, and the movie CraveOnline called "The Best Film of 2011."

The science fiction film, entitled Mobius (get it?), will be written by Ramsay and her We Need to Talk About Kevin co-writer Rory Kinnear, and according to Hollywood Reporter centers around "a captain consumed by revenge takes his crew on a death mission fueled by his own ego and will to control an enigmatic alien."

Mobius is the second film Ramsay has in development that feels like a departure from her independent roots. Up next is Jane Got a Gun, a western starring Natalie Portman as a frontier woman who's forced to team up with her ex-lover (Michael Fassbender) to save her husband's ranch from a gang of outlaws. Both films seem to boast a distinctly psychological undercurrent (unlike, for example, most Hollywood movies), but only time will tell if Ramsay is using populist genre conventions to bring a unique personal vision to the screen, or if, like David Gordon Green (who transitioned from acclaimed films like George Washington to broad comedies like The Sitter), she's branching out from her critically acclaimed independent work to something infinitely more commercial.

Either way, we can't wait to see it.

CraveOnline will be back with more Mobius news after we come up with a tasteful "strip" joke.