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Published On: Mon, Mar 21st, 2016

‘The Wolverine’ director James Mangold to helm Captain Nemo, ‘20000 Leagues’ project

Director James Mangold has boarded Captain Nemo, an origin story based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea that has writer Sebastian Gutierrez (Hotel Noir and The Eye) working on the latest draft.

The Wolverine director, Mangold is prepping the sequel to the superhero film with Hugh Jackman returning and now will navigate Captain Nemo down the line.

Disney has been searching for a way to get a version of this story to the big screen for a long time, most recently when David Fincher was developing it (including a draft by his Seven scribe Andrew Kevin Walker) before he dropped out to direct Gone Girl.

The original 1954 Disney film was one of the earliest live-action pictures made by Walt Disney, following Treasure Island from 1950, and the studio wants to energize fans with a new version of the Jules Verne story and his warship Nautilus. The original was best remembered for the giant squid scene, becoming the second-highest-grossing film that year, winning three Oscars and inspired a Disney theme park attraction.

Bryan Singer recently signed on for a directorial outing with Fox for their version of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Singer has a script by Rick Sordelet and  Dan Studney, based on a story by Singer and those writers.

Production will begin this fall, but since Disney’s film is a true origin story, it might well be different enough to be made in the future.

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