James Mangold Will Navigate "Captain Nemo" Down The Line

02/26/2016

Disney is developing a project that tells the origin of Captain Nemo who creates the famous warship Nautilus, directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine).

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. However, after almost 150 years, the novel has proved to be still attracting to many generations of readers. For long, the book has been a good source for movies, since the very first day of cinema: Silent Period. Perhaps the most famous is the movie "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954) produced by Disney, starring two Hollywood legends Kirk Douglas and James Mason. 60 years ago, Disney has been again preparing to let the audience explore what's under the ocean with a new project.

Titled Captain Nemo, Disney's new film is not entirely adapted from 20,000 Leagues Under the book Sea, but instead it will be a story about the origin of Captain Nemo in the famous Nautilus submarine. The interesting fact is that Disney in the past developed the project 20,000 Leagues directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl). But the project ended in silence due to creative differences. Despite some similarities, Captain Nemo is said to have separate content, not the extension of the movie which David Fincher worked on.

It is known that James Mangold (The Wolverine) will direct this project. Obviously the director can not jump in the submarine right now because Mangold is prepping the sequel to the Wolverine film he made with Hugh Jackman. Meanwhile, screenwriter Sebastian Gutierrez (Snakes on a Plane) is working on the latest draft. Because the project is still in the preliminary stage, the casting should not be done.

Disney and Mangold aren’t the only ones swimming with this subject matter. Bryan Singer recently declared his next directorial outing will be a Fox version of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, after he launches X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27. But since Disney’s film is a true origin story, it might well be different enough.

Althought there are already many adaptations: movies, spin-offs, musicals and even animated versions, etc, the shadow of the 1954 classic movie is too big to overcome. Thus, both James Mangold and Brian Singer need to use the latest achievements in visual effects to be able to surpass the expectation of the audience who are looking forward to breathless scenes. Many people are eager at the prospect of giant squid showing up and ravaging the ships and its crew.

The cast also plays a very important role. The classic roles of Kirk Douglas and James Mason just can not be replaced easily. Perhaps the best way for Disney is to select among A-list stars such as Will Smith, Tom Cruise, or Hugh Jackman. On the other hand, the film tells the story about the origin of Captain Nemo, the cast should be younger, like Channing Tatum or Tom Hardy.

The date of release has not been estimated yet.