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Randall Wallace To Rewrite Captain Nemo
20,000 Leagues revamp for Braveheart guy

08 July 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Here’s a good sign that Disney’s McG-directed reboot of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is heading in the right direction: a new writer has already been brought on board.

Randall Wallace, the writer of Braveheart (good), We Were Soldiers (bad) and Pearl Harbor (oh God), has replaced the original scribes, Bill Marsilii and Justin Marks, on the big-budget action-adventure Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

Nemo, of course, is the shadowy anti-hero who captains the massive submarine, the Nautilus, and drives two of Verne’s books, 20,000 Leagues… and its sequel, The Mysterious Island, in which he is revealed to be an Indian prince. It’s not yet known if Wallace and Disney will retain Nemo’s Indian heritage for the new movie, but we’re not overly optimistic.

Whatever his take on the material, Wallace had better get a move on. He starts filming on his next directorial project, Secretariat, in late September, and needs to finish Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea before then. If he doesn’t, it raises the thrilling prospect of the movie being the first blockbuster in history to finish mid-sentence.

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'Braveheart (good)'? In what paralell universe was that then? Surely you're getting it confused with Rob Roy (which admits at the begining that it's hokum, making for a hugely enjoyable, if popcorny, movie-guilt free). More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 19:33 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Was that first paragraph sarcastic, Empire?
With the number of great Bollywood actors out there, there's no excuse for a white Nemo. Heck, cash in on some Slumdog popularity and cast Anil Kapoor. More

Posted by Beg at 15:36 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

Was that first paragraph sarcastic, Empire?
Stupid double post More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 15:20 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

Was that first paragraph sarcastic, Empire?
And I thought this film was going to be shit with McG directing. Now Randall's on board, this may be actually turn out to be more horrific than an abortionists wheelie bin. More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 15:07 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

Naveen Andrews would be great!
I agree that Naveen Andrews would be a fantastic choice but this is Disney we're talking about. The chances of them turning Nemo into a blond, blue-eyed hero are almost a 100% certainty. That bastard mouse! More

Posted by aneesh_med at 12:46 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

I thought Will Smith was Nemo?
Sure it was confirmed months ago? More

Posted by CHUFFSTER at 12:45 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

Naveen Andrews would be great!
I agree that Naveen Andrews would be a fantastic choice but this is Disney we're talking about. The chances of them turning Nemo into a blond, blue-eyed hero are almost a 100% certainty. That bastard mouse! More

Posted by aneesh_med at 12:42 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

Empire, you gave We Were soldiers 3 stars!
If'n I remember right you gave it 4 stars in the cinemas. It is a big cheesball of a film, ditto the Man in The Iron Mask. If John Wayne was still alive Randall Wallace would be writing and directing all his films. I think this remake is a lousy idea, there's classic literature and even classic film adaptations, but in this day and age who wants a 20,000 leagues reboot. Especially by McG, his oevre doesn't seem to stretch to olde school classic book adap's. Unless it's a pumped up hi - octane th More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 12:35 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

Naveen Andrews
That's a great choice, good intensity, smashing actor, known but not overly publicised, can perform with a real sense of darkness but is still is able to retain a likeableness (if that's a word) and a sense of sympathy for the characters he plays. If it were in in the driving seat, it'd be a no-brainer! More

Posted by fuzzcaminski at 11:14 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

Braveheart was crap. Worst Scottish accent ever from Gibbo? And what, there were no Scots who could play Wallace? Pure vanity on his part. And as for his other two movies. Oh. My. Fucking. God. This may just turn out to be a big smelly turd. Which is a shame. I love the original Disney version with the perfect James Mason, although I feel it has the potential to make an amazing modern movie. But it'll just be another Hollywood cliche ridden mess. I've been meaning to read the novel for ye More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:08 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

Shame they're probably not going to keep him Indian - I'd have loved to see Naveen Andrews from LOST as Nemo. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 09:29 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

This is good news? More

Posted by willchadwick at 09:15 on 08 July 2009 | Report This Post

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