Will Smith To Go ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ With McG?

Contributed by Silas Lesnick

Movie website href=”http://www.latinoreview.com/news/exclusive-mcg-wants-a-bad-boy-to-go-20-000-leagues-under-the-sea-5987″>Latino Review caught a nice scoop at the “Terminator: Salvation” preview in New York; it seems that McG already knows exactly who he’d like to see piloting the Nautilus in his recently-announced re-adaptation of Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”: Will Smith.

These days, the name Nemo may call up images of an adorable cartoon clownfish but (while Smith has played a cartoon fish before) McG is looking at something a bit more faithful to the original novel, explaining that the charm of the character is in making him both hero and villain.

In the book, little of Nemo’s past is explored other than having him wracked with guilt over the death of former crewmembers and prone to obsession over his travels (Though Verne’s sequel, “The Mysterious Island”, does has him revealed as a deposed Hindu prince, an idea somewhat popularized in Alan Moore’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”).

Seeing as “Seven Pounds” has proved that America is willing to accept Will Smith even at his most melancholy and “Hancock” showed that no one minds the man playing up some faults, casting him as Nemo would be a rather inspired choice, at least as logical as James Mason in the most famous 1954 Disney adaptation.

What are the odds that it’s going to work out? I’d venture that they’re pretty good, given Smith’s recent ties to Warner Bros. and just the fact that McG is bringing it up at all this early in the game. Though I’d still argue that three consonants is not a name, my opinion of McG as a filmmaker is steadily rising.

Can you see the Fresh Prince piloting a submarine? If not, who else would you like to see in the role? Give us your thoughts below.