Animal Planet is mostly known for reality TV series about hell cats who piss all over their owner's furniture, but now the animal-centric station is getting into scripted TV, thanks to Moby Dick.
Deadline is reporting that Animal Planet's new slate includes a story that is all about Moby Dick, but from the whale's point of view. And it's staring Martin Sheen, obviously. What was wrong with Dogs 101 and Cats 101, guys?
The two-hour film will center around the ugly history of whale hunting, and will be co-produced by the BBC. Here's the full synopsis:
REVENGE OF THE WHALE (working title)
Based on true events, this two-hour film tells one of history's greatest stories of survival at sea, which inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Martin Sheen portrays Old Thomas Nickerson, who tells a story of his life as a cabin boy on the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship the Essex. The action-packed narrative follows Nickerson as, against all odds, he comes through the worst that nature throws at him while growing up quickly in the process. He faces the destructive force of sea storms, the power of whales, the brutal desolation of the sun and sea after the shipwreck and, finally, the dark deeds he must do to survive. The film, a co-production with the BBC, also stars Jonas Armstrong as First Mate Owen Chase and Adam Rayner as Captain Pollard and depicts the pair's real-life accounts of the sinking of the ship.
Honestly, we're fine as long as the whale doesn't talk.
Top image: "Moby Dick" by James Edwin McConnell.