New Disney+ Live-Action Series ‘Nautilus’ Is Based on a Beloved Classic Film

Disney+ has been keeping very busy lately. The streaming network shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. They have been creating a lot of new content, including both movies and series. Now, they are reaching back into their history and rebooting one of Walt Disney’s classic productions.

Disney has purchased a new European 10-part live-action show. The newest venture will be a limited series based on their 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. 

‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ was a classic Disney movie

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Disney released their film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea back in the ‘50s. The movie was an adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1870 novel of the same name. It was produced by the man himself, Walt Disney.

The science-fiction adventure flick had its shoots at various locations in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The director was Richard Fleischer, with Kirk Douglas and James Mason in the lead roles.

The plot surrounds Captain Nemo, master of a submarine called the Nautilus. Rumors of a sea monster have been going around, and a crew of professors go on an adventure to try and find it.

Critically acclaimed, the movie is one of Disney’s largest commercial successes. It went on to receive numerous awards. These included two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects.

Disney+ ordered the new series called ‘Nautilus’

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney+ has recently ordered a 10-part live-action series. It was first revealed at the 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival. The show joins a growing list of European series for Disney+. Last year, Disney announced the commission of 50 productions from Europe by 2024.

Nautilus will be another adaptation of the novel and movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. However, this time around, the focus will be on Captain Nemo and his origin story. An Indian prince, Nemo has his eyes set on revenge.

U.K. banners Moonriver TV and All3Media-owned Seven Stories are producing the series. James Dormer and Johanna Devereaux are the executive producers and writers. Xavier Marchand and Anand Tucker, who developed the series, will be co-producers.

“Jules Verne’s story is a beloved classic all around the world,” Devereaux said. “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 onscreen characters. The series will be breathtaking, action-packed, and a huge amount of fun.”

According to Variety, filming for the series will begin in the early part of 2022. With that being said, there is no official release date yet.

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