Thursday, 19 November 2009

20,000 Leagues down...

With many thanks (I think!) to Erasmus, lamentably it looks like the plug has been pulled on Disney's new 20,000 Leagues under the Sea: Captain Nemo movie. With $10m already spent, and locations and sets about to be built, this seems a bizarre move by new Disney chief Rich Ross.

The new movie was originally to be fast-tracked for release in 2010, although this was later revised to 2012. A successful movie was envisaged as the first in a new franchise along the lines of Pirates of the Caribbean, exploding across the Disney franchise with new attractions at their themeparks as well as other media and merchandising.

Terminator 4 director McG was on board to direct, with script by Bill Marsilli (with revisions just completed by Michael Chabon), with the movie being a prequel to 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and based upon Jules Verne's disclosure of Nemo's origins in The Mysterious Island.

More information on the movie itself may be found over at the excellent Voyages Extraordinaire and on the demise of the movie here.

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