‘Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ To Get A Touch Of ‘Braveheart’

Disney’s “Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” has been in silent running mode for awhile now. We first heard that “Terminator Salvation” director McG would be taking the helm of a fast-tracked origin story of Jules Verne’s famed submarine captain back in January. In an interview with MTV a few months later, the director revealed his plans to carry the 139 year old story “into today’s culture.”

Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the script penned by Bill Marsilii (“Deja Vu”) and Justin Marks (“Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”) is getting a rewrite from Randall Wallace. Wallace scripted Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart,” Michael Bay’s “Pearl Harbor” and — oddly — the popular PC role-playing game “Titan Quest.”

I’ll admit that I haven’t been terribly excited about this project. McG is hit-or-miss with me and the Justin Marks half of the original script’s writing duo leaves me with the shakes. Did any of you actually see “The Legend of Chun-Li”? Moving on….

The addition of Wallace to the crew gives me hope. Sure, “Pearl Harbor” is only degrees better than “Chun-Li,” but “Braveheart” is tip-top. I didn’t even know Wallace wrote “Titan Quest” until today, but it’s a kickass game. You can be sure I’ll be firing it up on the old PC tonight to read through the text-based dialogue with a new set of eyes.

In the original report on Disney’s return to “20,000 Leagues” — the original hit in 1954 — it was revealed that the story would run through Nemo’s early years, as he builds the Nautilus (his sub) and finds a reason to attack British warships, something that was only hinted at in Verne’s lesser-known sequel. It’s a cool idea, so here’s hoping Wallace’s tweaks fix up the pacing and dialogue rather than changing any core concepts.

Are you more inclined to head “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” now that you know the script is in (potentially) more capable hands? Were you already on board with Disney’s reimagined Nautilus before today’s news hit?