TMG returns to sea with 'Moby Dick'

German media group backing two-part miniseries

COLOGNE, Germany -- Herbert Kloiber and his media group TMG are returning to the high seas with a two-part miniseries based on Herman Melville's whale-hunting classic "Moby Dick."

Screenwriter Nigel Williams ("Elizabeth I"), who penned the script to TMG's recent oceanic adventure "The Sea Wolf," will adapt Melville's novel. "Sea Wolf" producer Rikolt von Gagern and his GATE shingle also are on board the new project, with RHI Entertainment and London-based Power Corp. International taking English-language rights. TMG International will handle world sales.

Kloiber again will be going head-to-head with German channel ProSieben, which has its own "Moby Dick" project in the works. ProSieben and TMG both brought out versions of "Sea Wolf" this year.

The white whale seems to be on everyone's mind. Universal recently picked up a new "Moby Dick" adaptation, which Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") is set to direct from a screenplay by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Scott Stuber will produce.