Germany’s Tele Muenchen Group is setting off to sea again, this time with an English-language TV adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick.”
Production on the two-part miniseries is skedded to start next year, with the shoot largely taking place on the coast of Nantucket.
It is TMG’s second reworking of an American sea adventure classic in quick succession, following the adaptation of Jack London’s “The Sea Wolf,” which stars Tim Roth, Sebastian Koch and Neve Campbell.
The crew of “The Sea Wolf” has also come on board for the “Moby Dick” venture.
Producer will be Rikolt von Gagern with his shingle Gate; the script is penned by Nigel Williams, who was nommed for an Emmy for miniseries “Elizabeth I”; and Mike Barker, whose credits include “Butterfly on a Wheel,” is helming.
TMG has also linked up with the same production partners: Robert Halmi’s shingle RHI Ent. and London-based Power Corp. Further co-producers may board later, TMG said.
The budget is expected to be on par or above the $16 million TMG spent on “The Sea Wolf.”