Ron Howard must share an affinity with the Irish that extends further than his red roots ,as it has been confirmed that his latest film in production, In the Heart of The Sea, will star two Irish actors, Brendan Gleeson and Sam Keeley (What Richard Did). With Chris Hemsworth as the key character, the film will tell the true story of a whaleship attacked by a sperm whale, leaving its crew to fend for themselves out in the ocean. Giving that Cillian Murphy has already been cast, sure can't we practically claim the film as our own?

This will not be the first creative product spawned out of the true life account, as the early 19th century account is said to have been the inspiration for Melville's Moby Dick.Undiscovered for ninety days at sea, the crew suffered through disease, starvation and eventually resorted to cannibalism. Benjamin Walker and Tom Holland have also been cast. It has been revealed Gleeson will play an older version of one of the survivors who is interviewed by Melville.

In other news, James O'Barr has officially joined the crew of The Crow reboot, set to begin filming next year. As the writer of the original graphic novel from which the 1994 film drew upon,it seems only right he will participate in this second film.The film Crow depicts the resurrection of a murdered musician and his girlfriend, and their ensuing revenge. The film set of the original first film was the site of Brandon Lee (Bruce Lee's son) death after an accidental switch between blanks and live ammunition.Commenting on the tragedy and its link to the new production, O'Barr stated 'It is important for Crow fans to understand that Relativity, Javier, Luke and the entire team are working on a new adaptation of the book itself. I believe that this movie will stand alongside Brandon and his film as a valid work of art, and I look forward to collaborating on the project'. Perhaps the involvement of the original creator will enable The Crow to move out from the shadow of Lee's death and give some closure to the tragic associations.