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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I think Crowe should hook up with Andy Samberg and make a sequel to I'm onna mother f***ing boat!

miket on Dec 7, 2010


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.

Don Mault on Dec 7, 2010


Bettany was fine. The movie was fantastic and highly underrated. Please! Do a sequel!

Creighton on Dec 7, 2010


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! 

Pinksam on May 23, 2012


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!

Sean D. on Dec 7, 2010


Pass... actually super pass.

D on Dec 7, 2010


That'd be great!

Staatz on Dec 7, 2010


Sign me up- I loved the first one, but similarly haven't seen it since it came out.

-E- on Dec 7, 2010


Were there ever any fans of this to begin with?

kLO on Dec 7, 2010


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.

Xerxex on Dec 7, 2010


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!

Mike on Dec 7, 2010


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.

RDubya on Dec 7, 2010


a big please for a sequel......A+

daniel bodnar sr. on Dec 7, 2010


definitely want a sequel - i really enjoyed the first one.

beavis on Dec 7, 2010


As long as Weir is on board. Count me in.

Al on Dec 7, 2010


i sooooooooo wANT A SEQUEL

jebstuart on Dec 7, 2010


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!!!))

Voice of Reason on Dec 7, 2010


Hell yeah! Easily one of the Top 5 movies of the 00s. Make it happen!

Kevin on Dec 7, 2010


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.

jason on Dec 7, 2010


@voice did you see the first one?

Xerxex on Dec 7, 2010


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.

Peter on Dec 7, 2010


@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

Voice of Reason on Dec 7, 2010


Would love for it to happen. Master and Commander is an all time great adventure film.

Happy Camper on Dec 7, 2010


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!

Suck It Rothman on Dec 7, 2010


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.

Don Mault on Dec 7, 2010


@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 on Dec 7, 2010


can't argue with that don.

Xerxex on Dec 7, 2010


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!

Jimmy Love on Dec 7, 2010


First film was class,bring on the sequel.

tir na nog on Dec 8, 2010


To quote Mike Singeltary "Can't Do it" "Can't win with them"

L on Dec 8, 2010


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.

Hattori Hanzo on Dec 8, 2010


A nautical masterpiece. Definitely need a sequel

Rashad on Dec 8, 2010


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.

Britney on Dec 8, 2010


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.

Dave Lister J.M.C. on Dec 8, 2010


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.

LINKFX on Dec 8, 2010


Oh HELL YES!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!

Clover on Dec 8, 2010


Does anyone know the name of the piece Crowe and Bettany were "playing at the end? Is it available on itunes?

Don Mault on Dec 9, 2010


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!

Eileen on Dec 9, 2010


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. on Dec 13, 2010


Here is Rothman's email, btw: Email him! 😀

Eliza A. on Dec 13, 2010


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!!!!!!!!!!

Kimbel on Dec 22, 2010


Clubhaul Surprise and bring her back!

rbgarr on Jan 3, 2011


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.

Bob Lister on Jan 3, 2011


I'd love another

Norman Bernstein on Jan 4, 2011


I'm in love with Norman

Ian McColgin on Jan 4, 2011


@ 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.

UnitedFan on Jan 6, 2011


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.

Frayed Knots on Jan 7, 2011


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!

Mastercomanderfan on Mar 6, 2011


I Really hope they do make a sequel, the first movie was Brilliant, and I love period films.

Pike on Mar 25, 2011


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.

Kingofalltruckers on Jul 1, 2011


awesome movie the books are even better ...please do a sequel.

Waltersgreg99 on Jul 13, 2011


YEAH, absolutely GO for a new Masters and Commanders Sequel....the world is ready for IT!  Go Russell!

Gochoel on Aug 21, 2011


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! 

Dave from Boston on Oct 9, 2011


I want Crowe to do 10 more movies in the series.

GiMo on Nov 8, 2011


oh yeah can't wait thought the first was super great!!!

Rick And Janell on Sep 19, 2012


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

Matt hunter on Nov 3, 2012

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