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Disney and McG to Go 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Published January 6, 2009 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
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Big-budget remake alert: Disney has picked up McG to direct a 'family film' remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Coming off Terminator Salvation, Disney is hooking McG up with $8 million up front plus 7% against gross.

McG to Direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Remake


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 remake, coming in with the longer title, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo, was script by Bill Marsilli and is set as an origin story of Nemo as he creates his warship, the Nautilus.

The characters are based on the popular Jules Verne novel.

Now comes the tricky scheduling. First off, Disney is fasttracking the crap out of Leagues. They hope to have the film in the can by the end of the year. This could work, just as long as McG's involvement in the Terminator franchise -- cough* sequel *cough -- doesn't get in the way.


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