Filmmaker James Mangold is set to direct “Captain Nemo,” an origin story based on Jules Verne’s classic nautical tale “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” at Disney Pictures.
Sebastian Gutierrez (“Hotel Noir,” “The Eye”) penned the latest draft, he and Mangold taking over for Andrew Kevin Walker and David Fincher respectively who were both previously attached to the project and were developing it before departing a few years back.
Disney, which previously adapted the property into the 1954 film starring James Mason and Kirk Douglas, will develop the new film along the lines of their other live-action reinventions of late such as “Maleficent” and “Alice in Wonderland,” offering a different version of a classic story – in this case a full on prequel in which we see how Nemo created his battle submersible The Nautilus.
Mangold would do the project after he finishes the upcoming third and final Hugh Jackman-led standalone “Wolverine” movie which goes into production this year for an early 2017 release.
Frequent “X-Men” director Bryan Singer has announced that a more straightforward “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” adaptation at 20th Century will be his next project once he finishes up “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Rick Sordelet & Dan Studney have already penned the script and filming begins this Fall.