20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake sunk
It looks like the planned remake of the classic Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, entitled Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and based on the Jules Verne novel, has been sunk over at Disney as they realise that the project would be quite an undertaking and might not lead to a powerful franchise that they are after.
I have to disagree though, I think that it could lead to a strong franchise, if handled correctly, however Disney seem content to rest on the laurels of the Pirates of the Caribbean and Toy Story franchises, remaking other classics such as Swiss Family Robinson (is that the next to go?), Winnie the Pooh, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and a new franchise for Prince of Persia.
Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was set to be a prequel and follow the story behind the character of Captain Nemo before we saw him in the classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and it was even set to recreate him in the original representation from the books, the way we also saw him in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (a film I'm still happy to defend to this day), as an Indian who came from the era of the British colonisation of the country.
According to the story in Variety through JoBlo Bill Marsilli, Randall Wallace and Justin Marks wrote the script that would have seen the character constructing his vessel the Nautilus and begin his adventures which would have lead to the 1954 story of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which was Disney's first live action film.
I have to admit that I'm not sorry the project has halted and that McG is no longer directing, although it has to be said I think he took huge leaps with his directing of Terminator Salvation (Filmstalker review), even if there were problems with it, and I think he would have stepped up another rung or two with his version of Captain Nemo.
However I just don't get the idea of the origin story, and what we should be seeing is more of the characters straight from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen universe. It doesn't matter what happened originally, we really don't need to know because we already do. Let's just cut to the chase and see him move forward as Captain Nemo and not a welder putting together his submarine.
However it's a moot point at the moment as the project has been shelved and we won't be seeing it happen anytime soon, if at all. Nemo is sunk, whichever version of the character you wanted to see.