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07 February 2012 @ 10:50 pm
My Dad (a fan of Jup...) alerted me to this: Jules Verne's Mysterious Island on SYFY.

From what I can tell from the one frame on the site (I didn't see the commercial): it will be a trainwreck. When I heard about it from Dad, I was hoping for a realistic take on the book, but the 3 Pillars of a Ruined Jules Verne Film are there:
1. A character who doesn't appear in the book
2. Random female (probably a love interest) who doesn't appear in the book
3. Modern-looking American white guy as the lead (which, in Nemo's case, is even more inaccurate...) (At least, I'm assuming that the guy in the screenshot is the lead)

I love the implication that Nemo's crew is nothing but two women. :S lol I guess the Nautilus was having a bad day... At least they seem to have kept the exploding island bit. I feel like this may end up being a wetter version of the recent "Journey to the Center of the Earth" flick. At very least, though, there's NO WAY that it could be as bad as "30,000 Leagues Under the Sea"...

I plan to watch it.; Dad said that it will play this Saturday night at 8:00PM on the SYFY Channel in America, although this will differ depending on timezone.

I'd be glad if some other people would watch and leave their thoughts. I'm at least glad that Verne is getting some more media ("any publicity is good publicity")- and perhaps it will lead more people to his books- but I feel like this will be another disappointment in a string of truly awful Hollywood assaults upon classic literature.

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06 July 2010 @ 09:30 pm
The last I read about the remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was that it had been shelved for now after McG backed out. Haven't heard if he'll be replaced or if the whole idea for the movie has been given up.
27 July 2009 @ 08:13 pm
Has there been any recent news of the movie, if it's going to be made or not?
EmpireOnline had a recent article about the making of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea:

Disney Fast-Tracks Captain Nemo - 20,000 leagues under McG.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

...McG's next project, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo, has been fast-tracked by Disney, with screenwriter Justin Marks coming on board to reshape the script.

Marks...will work on what is essentially a Nautilus origin story, covering the construction and launch of Captain Nemo's nuclear-powered sub.

Overtones of the Star Trek origin story perhaps, but there's magic in Jules Verne's sub-sea adventure and in the right hands (and with the right Nemo) this could be a winner. Walt Disney's 1954 original 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which starred James Mason as the squid-wrassling seafarer, was the studio's first live-action movie. It was big success, garnering two Oscars, a ton of box-office and a theme park ride.

I'm glad to hear that they're finally moving forward with the film but to me it doesn't sound like it will follow the Jules Verne novel much and will instead concentrate on the beginnings of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. What do you think?
08 February 2009 @ 12:39 am
I borrowed a copy of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea from the library this afternoon since I couldn't find it at either bookstore here. The book wasn't even in the adult section but in the children's books. I looked at it carefully but it seems to be the right one, another there was re-written in simpler language but I certainly didn't want that. I was surprised that they had no copies of Mysterious Island or Around the World in 80 Days, both of which I'd also like to read.

Anyway, I hope to begin reading it tomorrow. I'll only read a chapter or two at a time in case someone would like to discuss it.
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31 January 2009 @ 02:55 pm
I haven't read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea since I was in junior high and I'm considering borrowing the book from the library to read it again. Would anybody be interested in doing the same and we can discuss it as we read it?
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It would certainly be interesting if Disney took a serious approach to the Nemo story. That combined with today's special effects would make a spectacular film. But I must admit that I'm crossing my fingers Will Smith will not accept the role of Nemo.
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I found another article talking about McG wanting Will Smith for the role of Captain Nemo. This one gives more detail about what McG said about Smith and the character:

Read the full article at IGN.com and an excerpt here:

McG's version will be titled 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo because it will focus on how Nemo, the creator of the amazing Nautilus submarine, came to loathe humankind and the surface world. McG has announced that he wants Will Smith to play Nemo. In Verne's tales, the reclusive, vengeful captain began life as Prince Dakkar, an Indian scientific genius who lost his family during the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857. Renaming himself Nemo (Latin for "no one") and fleeing under the sea in the Nautilus, Nemo waged war against imperialism as self-proclaimed defender of the oppressed.

Nemo has traditionally been portrayed by white actors (such as James Mason, Michael Caine and Patrick Stewart), with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's Naseeruddin Shah being the only Indian actor so far to play Nemo. So how does the casting of the affable, all-American Will Smith fit with Verne's conception of the character?

"We're taking advantage of the privilege of history is the way I like to characterize it," McG began. "I don't think that people want to get caught up in a professorial story. It has a lot to do with a fantasy element. So we want to honor the colonizing of India and what's going in the Raj, but at the same time I don't want to be handcuffed by that. I want to be free to tell the most compelling story possible and I think it's critical in doing that is having an incredibly charismatic actor to take your hand and take you throw it. We saw Depp do it in Pirates, you see Downey do it in Iron Man, and you see Christian Bale do it in Batman. And Will's just a thought. We haven't really spoken about it yet."

But Nemo is a morose, vengeful and tragic character. Again, Will Smith? "That's why I like Will for it because he'll respond to the challenge. I like the idea of him becoming so obsessed with righteousness that he becomes the infraction. That's sort of the complexity of the character. That he's at war with war itself, but he's -- it's almost like someone who's so obsessed with being pro-life that they blow up a clinic therefore you're killing someone in their 400th trimester. If you obsess too hard it could take you to a strange place and I'd like to explore that theme, and I think the theme of obsession in general is fascinating."

Do McG and Disney foresee this film as a franchise starter? And, if so, does that mean Verne's other story featuring Nemo, Mysterious Island, might also get another big screen retelling? "Who knows? Only if it turns out well," said McG. "That's up to the audience. I'm very excited about filmmaking right now and feel that there's a hunger for quality storytelling. As long as the stories are there and the execution is excellent -- and we can all prep to the degree that Hitchcock used to prep where you really understand the film before you go out to make it -- I think the audience will respect it."

Of course, it plainly says in the article that he hasn't really spoken to Will Smith yet, so nothing is confirmed.
Casting hasn't quite started on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo, but with McG promoting his new Terminator movie, a few things are being said here and there. For one thing, he made the comment that he'd been trying to get in touch with actor Will Smith in answer to someone's question about who he'd like to play Nemo. There's no way of course to tell if he was seriously considering Smith for the part. But if he is, it would be a detour from Jules Verne's novel in which Captain Nemo is Indian.

Now while I have nothing against Will Smith, he's an excellent actor and I was very impressed with his performance in I am Legend, I was hoping the new film would adhere as much to the original plotline of Verne's story and that includes the character of Nemo being Indian.

Read the article for yourself at: Chud.com.

24 January 2009 @ 08:33 pm
Here's a brief article from ComicMix.com about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo:

CinemaBlend.com had an article earlier this month about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo. The article wasn't very encouraging about the film, hinting that it would be a poor copy of Pirates of the Caribbean, and complaining about everything from the title being too long to McG being hired to direct it.

Read the article at: McG Remaking 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
24 January 2009 @ 08:11 pm
Welcome to a fan community for Disney's new 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo film! Information is scarce at the moment with the film not even in production yet. I will update when new information is available.

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