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More Master And Commander?
Crowe keen to play Aubrey again

19 July 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: USA Today

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He said as much to our good selves in an interview a couple of months ago, but Russell Crowe has once again talked up the possibility of returning to the seafaring world of Master and Commander.

Crowe first played Patrick O'Brien's Captain Jack Aubrey, the protagonist of twenty novels, in 2003, when Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World was released to critical approval, reasonable box office and ten Oscar nominations.

The film contained elements of three of the original novels: the two namechecked in the franchise-starter title, plus the chase around Cape Horn from Desolation Island. That still leaves a good eighteen and a half novels ripe for movie attention however, and USA Today reports Crowe confirming that a script based on 1986's The Reverse of the Medal has been completed

The Reverse of the Medal is the eleventh in the sequence of novels, and sees Aubrey gambling his dodgy finances on a peace treaty with France, being struck off the Naval list, and registering the HMS Surprise as a private man-of-war.

Most of the cast are still under contract for two more films, but negotiations are said to be in the early stages, with "a long way to go" according to Crowe. No official green light or start-date for the time being then.

Peter Weir told the Seattle Times in 2005: "I think a sequel is most unlikely. While it did well-ish at the box office, it didn't generate that kind of monstrous, rapid income that provokes a sequel." We hope he's proved wrong.


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Yes please!
I really hope they do this, I got into the Aubrey/Maturin books on the strength of this movie and Crowe is perfectly cast. Can't wait. More

Posted by francis at 23:02 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

Could be the best film News ive heard in a while. Love the film love the books. More

Posted by doncopey1 at 20:11 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

Count me in!
The first movie rocked the big screen absolutely full on, with enough for the brain to chew on too. There are times you watch a movie the first time and you know it's absolute quality and you know that the people making it believe it too. You just sit back and follow the ride. If the same people are involved I'll be there. More

Posted by SpiderBat at 19:13 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Typically I'm scared of sequels to films that I've loved. I won't know whether to go to the cinema or hide behind the sofa when Iron Man 2 arrives. But this is different. The film might not have smashed the box office with its long guns, but after about ten minutes of M&C, I was sure of a bloody good time - and it was certainly that. As long as Weir, Crowe & Bettany are there, I'll be at the premiere. More

Posted by OddCinema at 19:01 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

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Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please let this happen. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 18:27 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

i loved the first film, and really hope that this comes to life. soon! More

Posted by Nalfeshnee at 12:17 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Please please please please please please......
THIS SHIP IS ENGLAND!!   Rock on. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 11:05 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

Please please please please please please......
Make this sequel!!!! Master and Commander is a wonderful film and so, so deserves a sequel. A lot of people were meh about seeing M&C but then after watching it on dvd or tv admitted that it was brilliant, so I reckon there would be a strong crowd ready and willing to see a sequel. So fed up with crap made for money sequels, lets have some class up on screen ! More

Posted by Blyman at 11:04 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

This is good news, could be the only example of the lack of Hollywood originality yeilding a positive result!
Crowe was a perfect Aubry. Aside from the trailer which got everyone nervous that Crowe had gone all "Maximus" on his own arse, he turned in a committed and credible performance, not afraid to get fatter, look older and tell really bad jokes. And the best thing is, the old her gets and the fatter he gets, the more he'll fit the character, so a sequel can come anytime in the next 10 years. Also, BY GOD it's time to get the hidden secret behind Paul Bettany's doctor out, it changes th More

Posted by Mopictures at 10:21 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

Didn't like it when it came out ...
... but I was wrong. M&C was a ripping good yarn. If they do another I'll book my ticket now. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:11 on 20 July 2009 | Report This Post

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