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Author Topic: "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" Remake in 2009!!!  (Read 9991 times)
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« Reply #50 on: May 31, 2009, 07:08:33 pm »

Actually, I think I The Rock might have been a good choice for Ned. Grin 


 Finally someone who thought as I do! "The Rock" would be fantastic as Ned. Ned is the brawny fella AND gets involved in some scuffles in the book. Imagine him facing off against the Squid. It will work out brilliantly that way. But Dwayne Johnson as Captain Nemo? Absolutely not. Period.
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« Reply #51 on: May 31, 2009, 07:24:25 pm »

How about Jimi Mistry as Nemo?

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« Reply #52 on: June 01, 2009, 02:18:52 am »

wouldn't Nemo already have "one of these"?
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« Reply #53 on: June 23, 2009, 08:52:14 pm »

I blogged my thoughts about this, and a friend did up an image of Taran Fahir as Nemo to accompany the post: http://steampunkscholar.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-vote-for-nemo-prequel-casting.html.
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« Reply #54 on: June 23, 2009, 09:46:53 pm »

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Mind you, he was brilliant in Wild Wild West

Ya think??? I thought Smith was so utterly wrong for the part of Jim West! I grew up watching and loving the original TV series.

I mean Jim West is the US government's TOP Secret Service agent answerable  to the President. Seriously, would that person be a black guy in the 1870's? I know Lincoln abolished slavery but would a black guy really rise to such a high position in the government, let alone the secret service,  in just 6 years from the Emancipation Proclamation? No..of course he wouldn't. It's taken 156 years for a black guy to elected President!!!

I know that WWW was a fantasy but it totally ruined it for me having this wise ass black 'dude' playing Jim West.
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« Reply #55 on: June 23, 2009, 09:58:03 pm »

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Mind you, he was brilliant in Wild Wild West

Ya think??? I thought Smith was so utterly wrong for the part of Jim West! I grew up watching and loving the original TV series.

I mean Jim West is the US government's TOP Secret Service agent answerable  to the President. Seriously, would that person be a black guy in the 1870's? I know Lincoln abolished slavery but would a black guy really rise to such a high position in the government, let alone the secret service,  in just 6 years from the Emancipation Proclamation? No..of course he wouldn't. It's taken 156 years for a black guy to elected President!!!

I know that WWW was a fantasy but it totally ruined it for me having this wise ass black 'dude' playing Jim West.

It is perfectly plausable. And lets face it, he is cool.
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« Reply #56 on: June 23, 2009, 10:03:34 pm »

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Mind you, he was brilliant in Wild Wild West

Ya think??? I thought Smith was so utterly wrong for the part of Jim West! I grew up watching and loving the original TV series.

I mean Jim West is the US government's TOP Secret Service agent answerable  to the President. Seriously, would that person be a black guy in the 1870's? I know Lincoln abolished slavery but would a black guy really rise to such a high position in the government, let alone the secret service,  in just 6 years from the Emancipation Proclamation? No..of course he wouldn't. It's taken 156 years for a black guy to elected President!!!

I know that WWW was a fantasy but it totally ruined it for me having this wise ass black 'dude' playing Jim West.

It is perfectly plausable.
And since the movie comically aknowledged the "oddity" (for want of a better word) of it rather than simply gloss over it, I found it acceptable.
Now, should Will Smith have been that black actor?  That is a valid debate.
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« Reply #57 on: June 23, 2009, 10:06:30 pm »

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If 'coolness' was the criteria for the role then they should have cast The Coolest Man On The Planet and be done with it!
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« Reply #58 on: June 23, 2009, 10:12:19 pm »

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he is cool.


If 'coolness' was the criteria for the role then they should have cast The Coolest Man On The Planet and be done with it!


No, he is the wrong actor. He is too old, not comedic enough and laks the same sort of sex appeal. He would be too much like the other guy (whos name escapes me right now).
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« Reply #59 on: June 23, 2009, 10:15:26 pm »

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If 'coolness' was the criteria for the role then they should have cast The Coolest Man On The Planet and be done with it!


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« Reply #60 on: June 23, 2009, 11:19:48 pm »

We've strayed somewhat from the original topic and I don't want to hijack the thread. As far as I'm concerned Will Smith is a hugely over rated actor..you guys obviously don't agree. Let's just agree to disagree and get back to Nemo..yes?
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« Reply #61 on: June 24, 2009, 06:11:38 pm »

No, I think even most folks who like Will Smith (myself included, at times) acknowledge that he's over rated and wrong for half the movies he's in.  On the other hand, the expected increase in box office sales from his involvement probably put another $7 million into the giant mechanical spider alone.

As to Nemo, I'd personally like to see him done faithfully to the novel, but he probably won't be.  I keep trying to think of a woman to play the character but no one seems right for it.  Actually, one idea I like is Faran Tahir, the bad guy in Iron Man, but I'm not sure he could carry the movie.  More to the point, I think Hollywood would not consider him capable of leading a $100 million production.

There's always that trade off with Hollywood -- we want the stuff in a movie to look good, and don't (always) like big name actors, but its the big names who get the suits to pay for the fancy artistry. 
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« Reply #62 on: June 24, 2009, 08:46:06 pm »

What about Sir Ben Kingsley?
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« Reply #63 on: June 24, 2009, 10:05:14 pm »

Never really cared for him, personally.  As soon as he shows up in a movie, I pretty much assume I'm not supposed to like his character.
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« Reply #64 on: June 26, 2009, 04:01:03 am »

It absolutely has to be Kal Penn.

Have you seen any of his serious roles? He's a very good actor, and the movie is about Nemo before he builds the Nautilus. So Kal Penn is the perfect age range for that character.

McG on the other hand... no thank you. Get your dirty hands off my Verne!
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« Reply #65 on: June 26, 2009, 02:55:15 pm »

Wait, no sub?  Which means they are making a stinkin' modern prequel?
If that's the case, they'll need to convince me to  care.
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« Reply #66 on: June 26, 2009, 03:09:33 pm »

Someone, somewhere, in Hollywood (perhaps even a whole cabal), derives great, deep pleasure from taking literary classics and completely f***ing them up.
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« Reply #67 on: June 26, 2009, 07:30:50 pm »

Someone, somewhere, in Hollywood (perhaps even a whole cabal), derives great, deep pleasure from taking literary classics and completely f***ing them up.
Those that make money from them.
They tend to make A LOT of money from them.
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« Reply #68 on: June 26, 2009, 07:36:14 pm »

Someone, somewhere, in Hollywood (perhaps even a whole cabal), derives great, deep pleasure from taking literary classics and completely f***ing them up.

It's not about integrity, it is about making money. It is a business. One in ten films out of Hollywood makes a profit. Everyone wants it to be theirs.
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« Reply #69 on: June 26, 2009, 07:45:03 pm »

It's not about integrity, it is about making money. It is a business. One in ten films out of Hollywood makes a profit. Everyone wants it to be theirs.
True.  These decisions are not made by artists but by financiers.
I remember reading in an issue of Enertainment Weekly that a recognized title alone tends to increase revenue by nearly 1/3.  That's a goodly bit for simply securing rights.
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« Reply #70 on: June 26, 2009, 08:57:58 pm »

Which is why we're seeing so many prequels, sequels, reboots, remakes, and adaptations of every intellectual property known to civilized man since 1782 AD.  Like it or not, people are awash in media options these days.  Cross branding (Space Balls the Movie, Space Balls the Coloring Book, Space Balls the Video Game, Space Balls the Musical, etc.) and using known titles greatly increases the chance that someone will see your product and select it out of a sea of options to spend money/attention on.  We still don't really have a good filtration mechanism in place yet -- in other words, the gatekeepers have been totally over run.  It used to be that a handful of radio and TV stations played that role, but no longer.  Who is one to turn to for selection assistance? 

The studios are answering that question in large part by using brands you've (hopefully) already selected.  Which, to be fair, isn't much worse (and in some ways, better) than what they used to do: blatantly rip off a classic, and slap on a new title.  Remember the 80s, when 1/2 the movies you saw you left thinking, "man, this is such a X rip off!"
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« Reply #71 on: June 26, 2009, 09:22:42 pm »

Naveen Andrews (The English Patient, Lost)?
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« Reply #72 on: June 26, 2009, 11:54:01 pm »

Naveen Andrews (The English Patient, Lost)?
Excellent choice!
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« Reply #73 on: June 27, 2009, 03:51:13 am »

I loathe modern western society so deeply. x_x


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« Reply #74 on: July 08, 2009, 12:37:48 pm »

Looks like not so smooth sailing on the Nautilus pre-production set.  Disney has sent in the Braveheart screenwriter to rework McG's 20,000 script.  markf

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http://scifiwire.com/2009/07/braveheart-writer-will-re.php

Braveheart writer will revise McG's Captain Nemo script

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, which Terminator Salvation's McG is to 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 1954 original 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.
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