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Old November 18 2009, 10:08 AM   #1
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Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake halted

Disney has put "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" in dry dock.

The picture, tentatively scheduled to begin production in February, has been halted indefinitely, and McG is no longer steering the ship.

The studio confirmed that it won't proceed with the film for now, and reps for the director confirmed he has withdrawn. While names like Will Smith were rumored as possible stars, no cast was ever set. The project had been on a fast track under the Dick Cook regime. Studio sez event pics like "20,000 Leagues," "John Carter of Mars" and "Tron" are still priority under new chief Rich Ross.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1

I wonder if McG's failure with T4 had anything to do with this? This is probably a good thing. I hate when Hollywood remakes classics.
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Old November 18 2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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Re: Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake halted

Well as a big fan of the book this is one I'd like a version of it that hews closer to the book and has a little more bite than the first Disney one.

Not that McG was going to give me anything like that -- having him leave thus strikes me as very good news.

I really want movies of this and War of the Worlds that set them in the 19th century.
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Old November 18 2009, 05:03 PM   #3
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Re: Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake halted

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Well as a big fan of the book this is one I'd like a version of it that hews closer to the book and has a little more bite than the first Disney one.

Not that McG was going to give me anything like that -- having him leave thus strikes me as very good news.

I really want movies of this and War of the Worlds that set them in the 19th century.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (a movie which I actually liked in contrast to apparently everyone else LOL) has a pretty cool Nemo and Nautilus.
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Old November 18 2009, 06:14 PM   #4
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Re: Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake halted

Too bad. The Disney version is alright, but way too kiddy and disneyfied.

That said, James Mason was an Awesome Captain Nemo. I also like the ending they came up with in that film, and The Squid scene is still really impressive even today, some 50 years later.
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Old November 18 2009, 10:07 PM   #5
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Re: Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake halted

It's wrong to describe the prospective, now abortive 20,000 Leagues as 'a remake of a classic movie.' It would have been another adaptation of a classic novel. The original is fun but hardly definitive.

Casino Royale and War of the Worlds are just two recent examples of novels filmed for the second time and IMHO both were at least as good as the original.
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