Over the next year, you're going to learn a lot about the true events that inspired author Herman Melville to write the classic novel "Moby-Dick".

Not only is Ron Howard currently filming a big-budget adaptation of the book "In The Heart of the Sea," which tells the true events of the doomed whaling ship Essex, but Animal Planet is also working on its first-ever scripted telepic about the disaster titled "Revenge of the Whale".  

While Howard's film features a cast of Hollywood heavyweights from Chris Hemsworth to Cillian Murphy, Animal Planet has managed to nab Martin Sheen as Old Thomas Nickerson, who tells a story of his life as a cabin boy on the ill-fated voyage. From the release: 

"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."
Various sources are also reporting that the disaster will actually feature heavily from the whale's point of view - a unique spin on the events of November 20, 1820. Based on accounts, the sperm whale that sank the Essex and shipwrecked 21 men (only 8 survived), was estimated to be over 85 feet long. 

First Mate Owen Chase recalled in a memoir: "The whale came down upon us at full speed, and struck the ship with his head, just forward of the fore-chains; he gave us such an appalling and tremendous jar, as nearly threw us all on our faces. The ship brought up as suddenly and violently as if she had struck a rock, and trembled for a few seconds like a leaf.”

Look for "Revenge of the Whale" to arrive sometime in the next year. "In The Heart of the Sea" will premiere on March 13, 2015.

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Martin Sheen to star in 'Revenge of the Whale'
Animal Planet's television event will tell the true story behind the events that inspired the literary classic 'Moby-Dick'.