Captain Nemo or as the Jules Verne story is commonly known “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, has been up for grabs for quite sometime. Mostly because of the renewed interest in old science fiction or what is now called Steampunk. It kinda started with the adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic Vertigo title “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and plateaued there. There was also talk of David Fincher doing a 20,000 picture with Brad Pitt to star, but that too fizzled. Course there was a shit ton of anime, but not many Americans watch anime.
But now it appears, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that there is indeed a script being considered by Sony pinned by Smallville creators Alfred Gough & Miles Millar , and with any luck it’ll wash the taste of those Pirate movies out of your mouth, at least that’s what I’m guessing they are trying to do. I sure as hell would like to see a cool franchise made from this source material. It could be epic. On a side note, Disney has an adaptation in development too. I bet they feel kind of stupid that they replaced the 20k Leagues ride with Finding Nemo. Silly Disney, what comes around goes around.
Sources say president of production Michael De Luca made a pre-emptive move for the spec, which offers a new take on the iconic antihero who was first introduced to readers in 1870 in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Nemo also appeared in the author’s The Mysterious Island and Journey Through the Impossible. Nemo is a scientific genius who roams the depths of the sea in his submarine, The Nautilus, which was built on a deserted island.
Sony declined to comment.
Joe Roth and Palak Patel are producing Captain Nemo. The pair have the Angelina Jolie starrer Maleficent in theaters now and are in preproduction on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland follow-up, Through the Looking Glass. Gough and Millar will executive produce Captain Nemo.Sony isn’t the only studio interested in bringing the iconic character to the big screen. Disney has a Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea adaptation in development. David Fincher had been attached to direct, but he exited after he couldn’t come to terms with Disney over the film’s budget. Still, the Nemo character continues to entice tentpole-minded studios and is fair game for any creator given that the book is in the public domain. Disney already spawned a Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea theme park ride.