Ron Howard Film Examines Ordeal of Whaleship Essex
October 20, 2014
Nantucket’s whaling heritage will soon be coming to a movie theater near you.
Ron Howard, who has directed some of the biggest movies of the last 30 years, from “Cocoon” to “Apollo 13,” has set his sights on the famous story of the whaleship Essex for his latest project. The movie, titled “In the Heart of the Sea,” is due out March 13, 2015.
Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s 2000 National Book Award-winning “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex,” the film follows the crew in 1820 as it ships out from Nantucket headed for the South Pacific. Along the way the vessel is attacked by an 80’ sperm whale. It’s the journey that inspired Herman Melville’s classic novel “Moby-Dick.”