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Not Content With Crapping On One Sci-Franchise, Huh?

By Miscellaneous | Industry | July 13, 2009 |

By Miscellaneous | Industry | July 13, 2009 |

Director McG, fresh from dashing the falsely raised hopes of Terminator fans with the frustrating Terminator: Salvation, is now looking for a new accessory to murder writer for his next cinematic wedgie, The Hollywood Reporter .. um … reports.

The film is Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. And as befitting the ridiculously redundant title, the movie will be a prequel to the Disney version of the famous science fiction novel, exploring the origins of the captain and his vessel. Originally Bill Marsilii and Justin Marks were set to write, but now Randall Wallace (Braveheart, Atlas Shrugged) is picking up the slack before he directs Secretariat in September.

No word on if any of this will follow Verne’s own lesser-known sequel The Mysterious Island, which revealed Nemo was a rogue Indian prince who lost his family in a failed rebellion.

As far as casting, the only news is that a) Dwayne “Formerly Know As The Rock” Johnson will NOT be in the film, contrary to some reports; and b) McG has publicly stated that his preferred pick for Nemo would be … Will Smith.

*sigh*. Godtopus must be holding a grudge.

I remember the first time I read the book. For some reason I chose it for my fifth grade book report. I managed to finish and all, but I had probably the longest report there; it even had pictures!

Oh did I mention I wrote it by hand, with an (eraseable) pen?

Yeah, I was pretty insane back then.

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