Disney+ Orders Nautilus, a 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Prequel

Back in 1954, Disney produced a live-action adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Kirk Douglas as Ned Land and James Mason as Captain Nemo. Now, Disney+ is preparing to dive into the backstory of Nemo in a new original series.

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Disney+ announced Nautilus, a 10-part prequel to Verne’s novel. The series will also focus on Captain Nemo’s origin, and his early adventures on his submarine, The Nautilus.  In his past life, Nemo was an Indian prince. However, the East India Company stole Nemo’s birthright. Regardless, Nemo swears to avenge his loss alongside his new crew while “discovering magical underwater worlds.”

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Executive producer Johanna Devereaux also shared his response to the announcement.

“Jules Verne’s story is a beloved classic all around the world,” said Devereaux. “It’s a huge privilege to bring the Nautilus and her crew to life again in such a bold, exciting way, with a diverse team of creative talent and on-screen characters. The series will be breathtaking, action-packed and a huge amount of fun.”

Xavier Marchand and Anand Tucker developed Nautilus, however, James Dormer is writing the series. Filming will begin in early 2022.

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