Russell Crowe Interested in Another Master & Commander?!
by Alex Billington
July 17, 2009
Wait, what? Over on the Associated Press, they're reporting that Russell Crowe is "in the early stages of negotiations" to reprise his role as the British sea captain Jack Aubrey in another Master & Commander movie. Apparently Crowe told the AP at a cricket match that a script based mostly on the eleventh novel of Patrick O'Brian's 20-novel series, titled The Reverse of the Medal, has been written, but that discussions were only at a very early stage. "There's still a long way to go," he told them. According to Crowe, they're still trying to secure the rights to the novel, which sees Aubrey dealing with money problems this time around.
Here's the plot of the book via Amazon: Ashore between cruises, Captain Jack Aubrey is persuaded to sink some money into an investment scheme. Soon this innocent decision enmeshes him in various criminal and even treasonous enterprises, which threaten to destroy his entire career. Bad luck? A deliberate plot?
The original Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World, directed by Peter Weir (who hasn't directed anything since), hit theaters in 2003 and only made $94 million at the box office. I know that it wasn't that well received, but I, for one, will defend it, as I thought it was a great movie, just somewhat grueling at times. However, that said, I'm not sure this would really be a good idea. It was a great movie, sure, by why revisit it? Why even bringing back the character of Jack Aubrey? Was he even that endearing? I thought Crowe did a fine job, but that doesn't mean they need to bring him back. I'm just not sure. Your thoughts?