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.