Is McG Directing 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Before TERMINATOR 5? Looks That Way

     August 7, 2009

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With the TCA’s going on in Hollywood this week, it seems like everyone is out doing press and that includes director McG. So when Michael Lee from got some time with him, he asked the questions that I would ask – what’s going on with “Terminator 5” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. What he said is after the jump:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea image (1).jpgWhile the domestic box office for “Terminator Salvation” wasn’t great, worldwide the film made over $340 million dollars. That’s the kind of money that usually gets a sequel.

But according to McG, while he’s still prepping “Terminator 5”, he says “my focus right now is really pushing forward 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

He goes on to say that he’s been scouting locationsall over the world. I was scouting in France, I was scouting in England, Canada, Australia, Japan, and ultimately… Well, you still have to go to Hawaii to do a little volcano work.

He then talked about his vision for the story and said, “It’s a bit of a departure from the Fleischer movie, and much more in keeping with the spirit of the novel, as far as what Aronnax is up to, and the becoming of Nemo, and how the man became at war with war itself. So there’s a little bit more meat on the bone in regard to the genesis of the Nemo character than you’re given in the ’50s movie that Disney made. And also, it’s a little more contemporary, because in that movie, there were…You know, I love that movie, but there were two female characters, they were both prostitutes. And there were a couple of black people in the film, and they were all electrocuted. So nowadays, I think we need to progress a little bit beyond that.”

When a filmmaker starts scouting locations, it’s usually a sign things are very far along on a production. While I think we’ll eventually get a 5th “Terminator” movie as the franchise does great at the box office, I really hope the 5th one has a fantastic script, as that was a problem on the “Terminator Salvation”.

Also, “Salvation” had one tone throughout the entire film and that was serious. If the movie had mixed in some humor, or kept it a bit more balanced, perhaps the film would have done better. But no matter my thoughts on “Terminator Salvation”, McG proved he could handle the action, as those set pieces were the best part of the film. Here’s hoping “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” has a great script as this could be the film that finally gets him his home-run with both critics and audiences. More as we get it.

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