Terminator Salvation director McG (although until the film is released and enjoyed he will simply be known as the ‘Charlie’s Angels guy’) has decided to accept the $8 million pay check and will direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo. As Disney are behind the film it will be family orientated, and it is apparently being fast tracked so filming can start this year.
Scripted by Bill Marsilli, the film is an origin story of Nemo as he creates his warship, the Nautilus. The characters come from the Jules Verne novel.
The 1954 original “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” was the first live-action film made by Walt Disney, who famously bet his studio on a movie best remembered for the giant squid scene. It became the second-highest grossing film that year and won three Oscars. The film has also been the basis for various rides at the Disney theme park over the years.
McG recently announced that he would be working on Terminator 5 which Halcyon hopes to have ready for release in Summer 2011, which means that the film would have to go into production by April 2010. This should give McG more than enough time to make Nemo in between (if all goes according to plan).