McG directing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
While Terminator Salvation is starting to look rather strong but has yet to be released, McG is already cashing in on the notoriety and has his next directorial job lined up, that of directing a remake of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Well when I say remake the studio involved is Disney and they're heading for a family orientated film in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo, and the word is that this is before the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea story that we've read and seen before.
According to the Variety article the writer, Bill Marsilli, the film is an origin story of Captain Nemo and his ship the Nautilus, so you could say that it's a prequel to their 1954 film which had the studio's future resting on and became the second highest grossing film with three Oscar wins to it's name for that year.
So you can see there's something of a reclaimation of its past here, trying to connect with the Disney of old. However I fear that this will be less of a rip-roaring action adventure and more of a kids film with some star appearances and a very child friendly film.
Plus are we going to be seeing more giant squid type encounters, or will the sea adventures not really begin until the boat is complete? I suspect the script will have to include some encounters with unusually large sea creatures to link with the original story.
Of course they are going for success from the word go, an elongated title with a sub title, Disney know how to create a film title that's for sure!
All this aside, it has to be said that it's an interesting choice for McG. Apparently he had quite a lot of choice for his next film and there were a few studio's courting him for their next big project, so going with a big Disney kids film is a change of direction from Terminator Salvation.
Whatever you may think of the idea of this project, it's certainly a good choice for McG to keep his career diverse.