The words “Call me, Ismael” is one of the most recognizable first lines of a literary classic and it will now become a sci-fi feature with Lynne Ramsay at the controls.

In an interview with BBC Radio Live 5 program, Ramsay gave hints on what to expect of her retelling of the famous Herman Melville novel ‘Moby Dick.’ Here’s what she had to say:

“It’s more or less inspired by Moby Dick, which is a fantastic novel, an American classic, but funnily enough a lot of people haven’t read it. So I’m working on something loosely based on that. And it’s science-fiction, so we’re taking the premise into the galaxy. So we’re creating a whole new world, and a new alien. A very psychological piece, mainly taking place in the ship, a bit like Das Boot, so it’s quite claustrophobic.”

She also talked about the psychological component of the film regarding the character Ahab:

“It’s another monster movie, cos the monster’s Ahab. For a filmmaker, it’s really interesting, because it’s about this mad captain taking everyone on this crazy journey to their death, from his need to revenge.”

Ramsay has admitted that she has already made a trailer for the movie even though she is still currently in the process of writing the screenplay. She’s also hoping that this film will have a bigger budget than her previous movie but does feel that this film can be made frugally if needed. “I’m so used to low budgets,” she says, “you find ways to do things economically.” You can watch a portion of her BBC interview where she talks about the ‘Moby Dick’ project below.

So how do you feel about this classic movie becoming a sci-fi thriller?