It’s been announced via The Hollywood Reporter that Disney+ has order Nautilus, a 10-episode series that will attempt a new spin on Captain Nemo from the Jules Verne adventure novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. James Dormer (Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands) will write and produce the series.
Nautilus will be produced by Moonriver TV and All3Media-owned Seven Stories.
Nautilus is set to give the famed 19th century novel a new spin, telling the origin story of Captain Nemo and his legendary submarine, the Nautilus. An Indian prince robbed of his birthright and family, a prisoner of the East India Company and a man bent on revenge against the forces which have taken everything from him, Nemo set sail with his ragtag crew on board the awe-inspiring vessel, battling foes and discovering magical underwater worlds.
Filming is reportedly starting in early 2022 and given the involved with of UK production companies will likely shoot there as well.
However, directors nor cast were mentioned in the article and will likely be announced later in the year. There is the Disney+ Day event in November which makes a lot of sense will be when/where they give updates on Nautilus.
Disney has long been trying to put together a new feature film with directors such as David Fincher (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Seven, Fight Club, Gone Girl) and James Mangold (Indian Jones 4, Logan, The Wolverine). It isn’t mentioned if Mangold’s incarnation has been nixed or if this could help establish that version.
The Nemo character was previously seen in Disney’s 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea led by Kirk Douglas with James Mason in the iconic role and 20th Century Fox’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (an adaptation of Alan Moore comic book) starring Sean Connery (his last major film before retiring).
It sounds like another high profile effects-heavy project alongside Percy Jackson that will take place outside the Star Wars/Marvel universes.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER