McG's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Remake Gets a Rewrite
by Alex Billington
July 7, 2009
I wonder if the poor box office performance of Terminator Salvation has anything to do with this? Disney has brought in (via THR) Oscar nominated writer Randall Wallace (Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers) to rewrite the original draft of the Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea script penned by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) and Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu). Now the big question is if McG will move into directing this rather than Terminator 5, which might never get made. The last we heard, 20,000 Leagues was already in pre-production, but now they've got to wait for the rewrite.
This updated version of Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will tell the origin of Captain Nemo and his submarine warship, the Nautilus. Nemo is a mysterious but noble antagonist in the book, a scientific genius with a thirst for knowledge and a desire for revenge against the forces of imperialism. In Verne's lesser-known sequel, "The Mysterious Island," Nemo is revealed as Indian Prince Dakkar, a rajah's son who took part in a failed rebellion and lost his wife and children. We're not sure how close to that back story this Disney version will be, but it is being developed as big action-adventure feature. Stay tuned!