Chabon Scripted 20,000 Leagues Shelved

Walt Disney has pulled the plug on a $150 million remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea after only recently bringing Michael Chabon on board to rewrite the script, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The decision came from new Disney Studios chief Rich Ross less than four months before the movie was to begin shooting. Disney had only recently brought on Chabon to help rework the script for the movie, called Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The movie was to be directed by McG.

The decision, according to the paper’s sources, was out of concerns the movie was going to be too dark.

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  1. drbenway

    It’s a shame. I didn’t realize he was working on this. I might have actually been interested, even with McG at the helm.

    It’s good that Chabon’s getting cozy with Disney, though. They now own Marvel, so maybe he’ll get a stab at another super hero property.

  2. michael carroll

    This is terribly ironic, but I mean in a terrible way. One of my favorite movies when I was kid was 20,000. Then I grow up and one of my very favorite writers on the globe is supposed to write the remake, and before I even hear it’s in the works, what do they do but pull the plug on the project! The above commenter is right, though: Disney and Chabon are the perfect match, even apart from the question of them owning Marvel now. What about a smart new version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks? I loved how Disney created other worlds on soundstages you knew were fake but wished they were real.

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