Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Fresh Interstellar Trailer Touches Down
Plus a new featurette about the movie's science...
First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Richard III In The Hollow Crown
And Sherlock's Andrew Scott will be King Louis in Henry VI Part 2
New Promo For The Theory Of Everything
Stephen Hawking: The early years
Latest Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer Arrives
Christian Bale is the chosen one
The Angry Birds Movie Reveals Its Voice Cast
Sudeikis! McBride! Hader! Rudolph! Dinklage! Birds!
Zombieland 2 Gets A New Writer
Ruben Fleischer back on board as director
Miles Teller Talks Fantastic Four
'The tone of this film is completely different from the last one'
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
09 September 2014
Albert Brooks Joins American Football Injury Drama
Belle's Gugu Mbatha-Raw in talks
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
3 Days To Kill (2014)
Empire Star Rating
After Earth (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Men In Black 3 (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Dictator (2012)
Empire Star Rating
A Man's Story (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

20,000 Leagues Over, McG
Disney cancels Captain Nemo

17 November 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Disney's watery, literary epic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo has been put in dry dock, leaving director McG looking for a new project.

The family-friendly adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, not filmed since 1954 (unless you count The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which you probably shouldn't) had been fast-tracked into production and was due to go before cameras in February. 

This is one of the first casualties of the Dick Cook regime (other than Dick Cook himself), although Disney say that big releases like Tron Legacy and John Carter of Mars are still very much priorities. The official line is that Leagues is "on hold" and that it won't be sailing ahead "for now", so Bill Marsilli's script may yet see the light of day, at some indefinite point. No cast was ever set, although names like Will Smith were thrown around. 

So what next for McG? He remains attached to Terminator 5, with the slight hitch that Terminator 5 is not currently attached to anything else while the rights are auctioned off. Which leaves Dead Spy Running, a Stephen Gaghan script being set up at Warners, and an unnamed NBC comedy with Larry Charles.

Pangs of regret or sighs of relief? If you're up for a spot of Disney seafaring, you'll no doubt be pleased to hear that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is still on the books.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Shirley Bassey Joins Sir Billi
Reunites with Sean Connery for animation
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Thank. Fuck. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 00:35 on 18 November 2009 | Report This Post

McG and... Larry Charles?!!
Say what now?! More

Posted by chizmund at 13:26 on 17 November 2009 | Report This Post

Disapointing
I'm kind of dissapointed this fell through as it was a prequel rather than another retread of the same story. I did not know that mcg was attatched though so mabey it's a blessing in disguise as he is yet to win my heart. 20,000 leagues is one of my favourit stories so I was really wanting to see this. More

Posted by p1gion at 11:09 on 17 November 2009 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Hateful Eight - The Story So Far
We delve into the short but tangled history of Quentin Tarantino’s latest

Gallery: Unseen Star Wars Poster Concept Artwork
JW Rinzler takes us through a history of the franchise in jaw-dropping art

The Future Of Film: Lasers Will Save 3D (If Your Cinema Is Big Enough)
Big will be beautiful in the brave new world of frickin' laser beam projection

The Bond Girls Who Made It Big
The actresses who overcame the curse of 007 to forge successful careers

The Future Of Film: A Woman Will Direct Star Wars
No longer a men’s club, Hollywood is going to start opening its doors...

The Empire Podcast #130: Interviews With Rosamund Pike, Lee Child And Antoine Fuqua
The Gone Girl star, Jack Reacher author and The Equalizer director pop in for a chat

The 50 Greatest Voice Performances In Movies
Who has the most talented tonsils in town?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)