People are reporting that new Disney head Rich Ross has pulled the last project his predecessor — Dick Cook — had in the hopper, a costly reboot of the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea franchise. Disney had already spent $10 million on preproduction — some models were even displayed at this year’s San Diego con — and Michael Chabon had been hired to polish the script.
Now, we’re fans of most of the previous versions of this story — including Kirk Douglas’s pants-to-the-armpits turn as Ned Land, Harryhausen’s marvelous Mysterious Island, and even Karel Zeman’s weirdo animated version — but we are STILL doing the happy dance over this movie’s journey to the dustbin behind Mickey Drive.
Because of the name of the director attached to this project.
The guy who produced, oh say, “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.”
And, as any sane human would agree, based on the empirical evidence at hand, McG sucks.
Yes, it seems to us that Mr. Rich has only done the decent thing by pulling the plug on yet another bloated, noisy, empty Hollywood contraption that would be 94 percent badly conceived, sketchily rendered, plot-replacing CGI, two percent content and probably three percent farting chipmunks. So in our view, Rich is a Real American Hero.
According to one person familiar with the situation, Ross made the decision based on creative concerns and plans to redevelop the movie, a new adaptation of Jules Vernes’ classic novel, which the studio first brought to the big screen in 1954.
Now, it’s entirely possible that the movie got scuttled just because Rich Ross is a dick who gets his jollies by murdering everything his predecessor left behind.
But we’re going to take the more positive view.
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Stills from The Fabulous World of Jules Verne.