I can’t quite explain it, but ask an older white gentlemen — usually, the overly talkative uncle, by trade — and most will admit a huge fondness for Russell Crowe’s Master and Commander. Indeed, although in 2009, whenever I tell an older person what I do for a living, they almost inevitably ask me what I thought of Taken (?), a few years ago, it was Master and Commander. I’ve tried to watch it a few times, but for the life of me, I can’t get through it. There’s something about big-ship movies that eludes me: Titanic, Poseidon, The Perfect Storm, Pirates of the Caribbean and Master and Commander (although, I dug The African Queen). A review of Master is missing from our archives, so perhaps I’ll push my way through it.
Anyway, it seems that — despite the fairly mediocre showing of the original film ($93 million domestic, on a $150 million budget) — Russell Crowe is nevertheless in talks to make a sequel. According to AP, Crowe suggests that the sequel will be based, largely, on the 11th book of the Patrick O’Brian series, The Reverse of the Medal. The novel tracks Aubrey (Crowe) in the Caribbean in his ship HMS Surprise, where he meets his illegitimate son Samuel Panda, a Catholic priest born from an illicit liaison.
That’s not exactly an inspiring plot line, but perhaps the it’ll appeal to the talkative uncle in all of our families. Apparently, all it takes is a little swashbuckling, a lot of water, and a historical smack. A Master and Commander sequel, however, is still a long shot. Crowe is trying to wrestle away rights to the novel, and he’s still got several other projects up for consideration. He’s currently filming Robin Hood.