Crowe Wants Fans' Support for a 'Master and Commander' Sequel

December 7, 2010
Source: Twitter, 24 Frames

Master and Commander

Though its been a while since we've heard anything about a sequel to Peter Weir's 2003 adventure-drama Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, that's not stopping Russell Crowe from crying out for support. The actor recently tweeted: "If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts." This is the same Rothman that supposedly had a hand in ruining Wolverine and is now holding back on Master and Commander. Some may remember that Crowe did say a script had been written based off of another novel, but it was still in the very early stages.

We haven't heard much since that update a few summers ago, but it sounds like it hasn't moved very far. According to Crowe, they're looking to adapt the eleventh novel of Patrick O'Brian's 20-novel series, titled The Reverse of the Medal, again chronicling another high seas "adventure" involving Captain Jack Aubrey, the character Crowe originally played. I don't know if emailing Rothman (anyone know his email?) is going to help a period thriller set mostly on a ship, but 20th Century Fox is apparently getting the message, as 24 Frames says a Fox rep stated: "Getting a lot of tweets about Master & Commander sequel, I'll look into it."

I admittedly wouldn't mind seeing a sequel. I'm a fan of the first Master and Commander movie, although I haven't seen it in quite a while, so I'm not sure if it holds up anymore, but I thought it was an entertaining and fascinating look at an intriguing story that we don't normally get to see. At the same time, I'm sure Fox is satisfied with their upcoming takes-place-on-a-boat sequel adaptation The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which is poised to have a solid opening this weekend anyway. Maybe if that does well, they'll consider making the Master and Commander sequel. Or at least I'm sure that's what Russell Crowe wants. But what about you guys? How many of you want to see another Master and Commander?

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  • miket
    I think Crowe should hook up with Andy Samberg and make a sequel to I'm onna mother f***ing boat!
  • Don Mault
    Definately. Master and Commander brought Jack Aubrey and the crew etc to life. With the exception of Paul Bettany and the guy from LOTR who played Barret Bondin it was dead on. Steven Maturin is Irish, a small, skinny, unkempt man.....not at all like Bettany. Do It.
  • Creighton
    Bettany was fine. The movie was fantastic and highly underrated. Please! Do a sequel!
    • Pinksam
      Totally agree it was underrated!  Both actors were in top form in this movie.  I've always thought that the younger generation of today just didn't like the slower pace of the story.  Box office success is a poor way to determine the greatness of a film since younger folks attend movies and older people like myself who both love and collect movies rarely go to the theater! 
  • Sean D.
    Absolutely! One of Crowe's best films (and that's saying something) and a sequel would definitely be a win for everyone and I'll be first in line to see it!
  • D
    Pass... actually super pass.
  • Staatz
    That'd be great!
  • -E-
    Sign me up- I loved the first one, but similarly haven't seen it since it came out.
  • kLO
    Were there ever any fans of this to begin with?
  • Xerxex
    what are you on about Don? Boyd and Bettany were excellent in their roles. I'm all for a sequel! I love the film. @kLO there are at least 8 here excluding you.
  • Mike
    Every time I finish watching Master and Commander, my desire for a sequel (series) only grows; and it remains on of my all time favorites. Everything about the original, the old-tyme naval combat, paul bettany, the captain's table banter, classical duets, what's not to love? here's hoping!
  • RDubya
    I would love-love-love a sequel! I thought Bettany was fine. Loved the first film, and I have seen it several times since, its held up well. Naval combat tactics at its best. Some serious strategy, skill, knowledge, and courage these men had when the world was much bigger.
  • daniel bodnar sr.
    a big please for a sequel......A+
  • beavis
    definitely want a sequel - i really enjoyed the first one.
  • Al
    As long as Weir is on board. Count me in.
  • jebstuart
    i sooooooooo wANT A SEQUEL
  • Voice of Reason
    Slam me and call me a flight attendant if you must, but no support is given here. Russel is boring and lacks of star-power and it seeps into every movie he's made like a soiled blood transplant infecting its host. Swashbuckling? Commanding? Crowe? Nuts to that. If this tool needs to appeal to an already non-vocal "fan base" while the studios remain uninterested—whereas Anchorman 2 cant get a greenlight despite a bazillion advocates—the battle is already over... Thumbs down. Sink the ship. ((...An' fightin' roind the woild!!!))
  • Kevin
    Hell yeah! Easily one of the Top 5 movies of the 00s. Make it happen!
  • jason
    Yes, for the love of Pete. I have read all of the books at least twice and seen the movie no less than 100 times. I love Bettany as Maturin. Bonden could have been a bigger guy, he's supposed to be something of a bruiser, but i don't mind him. I would like to see some of Maturin's intelligence activities. Please give us another one.
  • Xerxex
    @voice did you see the first one?
  • Peter
    Hell Yes. Master and Commander was one of the best soundtracks I'd heard in a long time, and the film's still one of my all-time favorites.
  • Voice of Reason
    @xerxex. I did. i didn't like it. Did you? You didnt say you "liked" it did. But you "loved" it? Immaculately? With reason? Was it the poop deck? Point on the doll where the movie touched you? You were told to? Why were the actors excellent just in case someone said they weren't? What are you wearing? How's your day? Whats the weather like there? What's new? Did you pick up the mail today? No? Stayed inside? Waiting for words to construct into a direct attacks without providing reasons to your own attacks? Yeah? i guess that's fun? No....? Ok....Yeah..... I didnt think it was amusing or served a purpose either...I'm sorry.....I shouldnt say anything. At all. Neither should you......I.M. me if you wanna chat
  • Happy Camper
    Would love for it to happen. Master and Commander is an all time great adventure film.
  • Suck It Rothman
    Master & Commander was an incredible film. Really capturing the quintessence of naval sailing in the day; I thought. Great roles from everyone. Great chemistry between Crowe and Bettany. The photography was awesome! Soundtrack queued up perfectly. It took me into the movie and on the ship, much like the first Pirates-O.T.C. movie did. Would LOVE to see a sequel/trilogy made out of this! Get on it FOX!
  • Don Mault
    Not saying Bettany and Boyd weren't good, just that they were waaaaayyy off the mark when it comes to even remotely reflecting the written characters. I would have said the same thing if someone over 5'6" had played a hobbit in LOTR.
  • Xerxex
    @voice. Immaculately? no. With Reason? Yeah. Was it on the poop deck? no. Where did the movie touch me? My soul. Why were the actors good? Each gave great performances, the best coming from the lad who played Mr. Blakeney. What am I wearing? brown shirt and blue jeans. How was my day? Decent. what's the weather like? cold and gray. what's new? nothing. Did I get the mail? why yes. No? no. Stayed inside? no. Waiting for words to construct into a direct attacks without providing reasons to your own attacks? no. something bothering you?
  • Xerxex
    can't argue with that don.
  • Jimmy Love
    That was a great flick, just watched it again last week, I would love for a new tale! Way way way better than any bayformer blockbuster crap!
  • tir na nog
    First film was class,bring on the sequel.
  • L
    To quote Mike Singeltary "Can't Do it" "Can't win with them"
  • Hattori Hanzo
    One of my favourite Crowe movies and I've been wanting a sequel since day one. Great cast and I for one thought that Paul Bettany and Billy Boyd added to the movie.
  • Rashad
    A nautical masterpiece. Definitely need a sequel
  • Britney
    If you need to hear from a girl, well, here you go... Please make a sequel. The fan base of the original Master and Commander will carry this movie, not only by viewing it in the theater several times, but also through movie and soundtrack sales. If you any idea of the true fan base you would have made this movie long ago.
  • Dave Lister J.M.C.
    I'm all in favor of a sequel to 'Master and Commander'. I agree with @14, that Peter Weir must be the one to direct it. It was his touch that gave the first film it's tone and atmosphere. I don't want to hear that the studio is courting Gore Verbinski, to try and add the PotC feel to it. By all means, make a sequel; but don't screw it up, by taking away what made the first one such a great film.
    DUDE. MASTER & COMMANDER WAS AN EPICALLY GREAT FILM. It should have won best good I love every god damn thing about this movie. Please bring us another chapter with the REAL CAPTAIN JACK. And it must must must be Peter Weir directing it.
  • Clover
    Oh HELL YES!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!
  • Don Mault
    Does anyone know the name of the piece Crowe and Bettany were "playing at the end? Is it available on itunes?
  • Anyone interested in supporting a Master and Commander sequel is welcome to join us on Facebook: and Twitter: @MandC2 We'd love to have your support!
  • Eliza A.
    I am all for a M+C sequel- it's one of my favourite movies. I know Bettany doesn't quite match the book version of Maturin, but I think he takes an excellent part all the same. It would be wonderful if all the original cast returned for the sequel.... if it ever gets off the ground.
  • Eliza A.
    Here is Rothman's email, btw: Email him! 😀
  • Kimbel
    I can not begin to say how much I love this movie and want to see it continue! After I saw I wanted to buy a sail boat!!!! There are very few movies like this in existence and I can see them being like clash of the titans where as one day they will be viewed in schools as history lessons! Not in Greek mythology but in facts of our existence. Please make more movies like this!!!!!!!!!!
  • rbgarr
    Clubhaul Surprise and bring her back!
  • Bob Lister
    I would love to see a sequal, I love all things related to old time maritime sailing I am also a Russell Crowe fan as well.
  • Norman Bernstein
    I'd love another
  • Ian McColgin
    I'm in love with Norman
  • UnitedFan
    @ Reason: Haters gon' hate. While many period movies have not garnerd the same support as movies tailor made for the twenty-something masses, movies like Master and Commander help stimulate the imagination and stoke the fires of curiosity and learning in so many of us that watch them. The fact that scores of people, even on the internet, debate and discuss things like naval strategy and Napoleonic era spying proves that movies like this have a large fan base and should never be shelved to acccomodate the next Will Ferrel movie or Scary Movie 18. And I'm not saying I don't think flicks like Step-brothers or The Hangover aren't freakin hilarious. But for every Hangover there's a slew of crap movies like "Big Momma's 2" or "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and as long as studios continue to churn out dumbed down garbage for people who don't wanna be inspired, then movies with awesome serial potential like M/C will continue to rest within our own imaginations.
  • Do it, We can have Ian as sailing master since the other one got kilt, Norman as Purser, Rbgarr as long-distance logistics expert and Tylerdurden as ballast.
  • Mastercomanderfan
    YES Please!!!! That was such a good movie! And please don't mess it up like they did with "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals". Stick with the book for gods sake. You're a movie producer not a story teller!
  • Pike
    I Really hope they do make a sequel, the first movie was Brilliant, and I love period films.
  • Kingofalltruckers
    Exceptional film based on a superb author's works.  Crowe exudes Aubrey.  Overall a fine supporting cast; well produced and directed.  Good cinematography.  Would love to see a series of these films.
  • Waltersgreg99
    awesome movie the books are even better ...please do a sequel.
  • Gochoel
    YEAH, absolutely GO for a new Masters and Commanders Sequel....the world is ready for IT!  Go Russell!
  • Dave from Boston
    Absolutely! I can't believe they haven't done a sequel yet.... there's 20 O'Brien novels to work with - it's a no brainer! 
  • GiMo
    I want Crowe to do 10 more movies in the series.
  • Rick And Janell
    oh yeah can't wait thought the first was super great!!!
  • Matt hunter
    I used to watch master and commander with my father who passed away in 2009 and i would like them to make a sequel I know that's what he would have wanted




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