Just read that Peter Bogdanovich's next project is 'Natasha,' a biopic of Natalie Wood, who as a child co-starred with Welles in the dreadful weepie 'Tomorrow is Forever', the first truly meretricious film that Welles deigned to appear in. Like Bogdanovich's 'The Cat's Meow', 'Natasha' is set aboard a yacht, the one that Natalie Wood was trying to flee the night she drowned in 1981.
Then there's talk that 'The Deep' may finally surface in theatres everywhere. (I can't wait to see what Laurence Harvey does with the psycho role.) And who can forget the exotic scenes on Errol Flynn's yacht in 'The Lady from Shanghai'?
Although a landlubber, Welles had a nice cameo as a Cuban dealmaker in 'Voyage of the Damned', another nautical narrative. Welles also played the white slave trader Louis of Mozambique in Tony Richardson's rarely-seen 'The Sailor from Gibraltar.'
Shortly before his death, Welles, his voice shot to pieces, narrated 'The Last Sailors', the story of the brave men and women who, with their ancient crafts, still harness the wind and the sea for their livelihood — it was almost a return to the themes of man versus the elements that preoccupied Welles on 'It's All True'. Lastly, Welles directed the minimalist 'The Immortal Story', about an old man's futile attempt to make a sailor's legend come true.