[UPDATE: Sadly We now know that director Peter Weir will NOT be returning for the sequel.]
Currently one of my top 10 movies, Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World is a film that was set up perfectly for a sequel to be made quickly. Despite mostly solid reviews, a pair of Oscars and a worldwide box-office gross of $212 million, the sequel I wanted to see didn’t come to be.
There have been rumblings of work towards a sequel for quite some time now and this weekend, we may have even more movement on that front.
According to Crowe, yesterday he revealed that there’s a written script for a sequel based on The Reverse of the Medal, Patrick O’Brian’s eleventh book of the Master and Commander series and that they’ve begun early discussions for the project.
“There’s still a long way to go”
The first film was incredible and it featured two stellar actors and performances in Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. Six years have passed since then and there’s no word yet on a production schedule.
Peter Weir wrote and directed the first and the only project he’s worked on since (which he also wrote and direct) is The Way Back starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Mark Strong and Ed Harris. That movie is planned to open sometime next year.
I hope this happens but according to Crowe, it is just one of the many projects he is considering for the future at the moment.
Did you love the first Master and Commander as much as I did and would you like to see another story following the adventure of Captain Jack Aubrey ans Dr. Stephen Maturin?
Source: Associated Press
UPDATE source: The Playlist