Warner Bros has delayed the adventure pic In the Heart of the Sea. by nine months. Originally slated for release on March 13th,--the film will now open on a December 11th 2015.
Taken from author Nathaniel Philbrick's non-fiction book
of the same name. The story revolves around a Nantucket whaling ship
which was destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Only eight crew members
were rescued alive, after being lost at sea for 90 days. The true
event inspired Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) to write his literary classic Moby-Dick.
Charles Leavitt wrote the original draft of the script, and Oscar-nominated industry screenwriter Peter Morgan ("The Queen) recently joined the pic to work extensively with director Ron Howard on redrafts.
Chris Hemsworth plays
the first mate Owen Chase who was supplanted as captain of the whaling
ship by a better connected rival George Pollard (Benjamin Walker).. After the attack though, he becomes the hero who leads some of them to safety.
Brendan Gleeson plays an older version of one of the surviving crew members who is interviewed years later by author Melville. Sam Keeley plays one of the crew members. Cillian Murphy will play Matthew Joy, the ship's second mate. Tom Holland will play the role of Thomas Nickerson, the Essex's teenage cabin boy whose manuscript inspired Philbrick to write this book. Frank Dillane would play “an insubordinate crewman named Coffin who is a cousin of Walker’s character.” Charlotte Riley ("Easy Virtue") plays Peggy, the pregnant wife of Hemsworth's Chase.
Joe Roth, Palak Patel, Paula Weinstein, and Will Ward are producing the adaptation.
The delay puts the film in contention for awards season next year,
it also gives Warners a decent-sized film for the fourth quarter this
year as previously they only had sci-fi film Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special, and
the "Vacation" reboot scheduled for release.
The decision is one that can't have been made lightly considering the
film's marketing campaign is now underway with at least two well placed trailers and posters already out.
Warners has moved up the Liam Neeson action thriller Run All Night by a month, with that film now taking over the
March 13th slot.