Universal Pictures has made a splashy preemptive buy of "Moby Dick," a reimagining of the Herman Melville whale tale that Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") will direct.
Universal Pictures has reupped "Wanted" producer Marc Platt for five years, keeping Marc Platt Prods. on the lot through late 2012.
Universal Pictures is assembling "The Knights Templar," picking up a spec script from Adam Torchia and Justin Stanley for Marc Platt and "Wanted" helmer Timur Bekmambetov to produce.
Mel Gibson's and Bruce Davey's Icon Prods will produce HBO's next big-budget miniseries, 10-part "Alexander the Great," which is aimed at a 2004 debut on the pay-cabler.
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