Disney is bringing in Braveheart writer Randall Wallace to rewrite Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a new movie based on the classic Jules Verne novel. Terminator Salvation's McG will direct.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Wallace will rewrite the script previously drafted by Bill Marsilii and Justin Marks. Here's how the trade paper describes the movie:
Nemo aims to tell the origin of Captain Nemo and his submarine warship, the Nautilus. Nemo is a mysterious but noble antagonist in the book, a scientific genius with a thirst for knowledge and a desire for revenge against the forces of imperialism.
In Verne's lesser-known sequel, The Mysterious Island, Nemo is revealed as Indian Prince Dakkar, a rajah's son who took part in a failed rebellion and lost his wife and children. It is unclear how close to that backstory Disney will stick, but Nemo's tone will be decidedly action-adventure.
The original 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was the first live-action film made by Walt Disney, who famously bet his studio on the movie, best remembered for the giant squid scene. It became the second-highest-grossing film that year and won three Oscars. The film has also been the basis for various rides at the Disney theme parks over the years. Disney hopes to make the new film this year.