McG Is The Man For Disney’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

     January 7, 2009

Written by Nicole Pedersen

Producer/director McG doesn’t get a lot of respect from film fans – part of the problem is that body of work as a director is kind of thin and the other problem is that he’s 40 years old, white and still calls himself “McG.” Goofy moniker aside, I’ve heard nothing but great about his work on the upcoming “Terminator: Salvation” feature so I’m willing to admit that McG may have more depth than I previously divined.

One studio that is banking on McG AND his new-found depth is Disney. The studio has struck a deal for the director to helm their reboot of the studio’s classic live-action adventure “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”… see? I was going somewhere with all that talk about ‘depth’ after all.

Though McG has been prepping his sequel to “Terminator: Salvation” (which will hit theatres on May 22nd) “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo” is expected to be the director’s next project, according to an article in Variety. The new film is described as an origin story for Captain Nemo instead of a straight remake of its Oscar winning progenitor. It will explore the making of Nemo’s super-cool submersible, The Nautilus, and its amazing squid-fighting properties.

With all the history involved – the original was Walt Disney’s first live-action feature back in 1954 – Disney is shelling out to make sure the new “20,000 Leagues” floats. They have fast-tracked the project and are paying McG a reported 8 million against 7% of the gross… not bad for a guy without a last name. Disney hopes to begin filming later this year, but once “Terminator” blows up they will have to fight to keep their new director’s thoughts under the sea – I have a feeling Warner Brothers will want him focused on Judgment Day for some years to come.

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