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Call Tilda Swinton Ishmael on ‘Moby Dick’ Big Read Site

Call Tilda Swinton Ishmael on 'Moby Dick' Big Read Site

The Moby Dick Big Read site calls the Herman Melville classic “the great unread American novel.” To rectify this, the site has gathered a group of participants, ranging from famous to unknown, to each read and record one of the 135 chapters from the whaling tome. First up: Tilda Swinton.

“Moby Dick” is currently capturing the adaptation- and remake-happy imagination of Hollywood, with screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski (“Contraband”) working on a rewrite for the long-gestating Universal project, with Timur Bekmambetov set to direct once the script is set. Let’s hope they don’t retitle it “Captain Ahab: Whale Hunter.”

Check out Martin Scorsese’s two 10 Best lists here, in which he cites John Huston’s brilliant 1956 adaptation of “Moby Dick” as one of the top English-language films to master light and color.

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