McG Wants Will Smith For 20,000 Leagues Remake

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:21 am,

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Man, a lot of things came to light during director McG’s Terminator Salvation panel in NYC this past week. Besides silencing skeptics and seriously amping up the buzz-o-meter for Salvation, McG informed our good friends over at Latino Review about his plan for the upcoming remake of Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

And, to everyone’s surprise, McG had this say: he wants Will Smith to star in the film.

According to Kellvin Chavez from Latino Review, about his conversation with McG after the screening:

FINALLY I had to go for the kill so then I asked him, “How do you go from Terminator to the Captain Nemo story?”

McG talked a bit about his idea and frankly I was getting my jacket to get out of there when all of a sudden I heard him say, “The character Nemo in this film is more about obsession, he is obsessed and people tend to forget that when you become so obsessed you end up being the villain.”

AND THEN THE KILLER ANSWER!! (In an interesting way.)

McG continues, “’Man I’m trying to get Will Smith to do it, been trying to get a hold of him.  I’ve been wanting to work with him for a long time already. That guy’s great”

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Wow. Thanks to Kellvin for being a good old-fashioned nosy reporter. Great scoop.

However, as Kellvin is quick to point out, there is no indication yet of whether McG wants Big Will to play the role of Nemo, or the role of good-sailor Ned Land, who was played in the original 20,000 Leagues by actor Kirk Douglass. But I expect an answer will soon come to light, since McG is scheduled to hold a West Coast panel for Terminator Salvation in a few days time. Hopefully our fellow bloggers out West will press him to elaborate on the Will Smith issue.

Until then, which role would YOU like to see Big Will play in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

Source: Latino Review

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  1. Oh Will Smith. Hey how about Eddie Murphy and Jim Carrey (spelling?) while we’re at it. Let’s also have Martin Short and Steve Martin and make it animated with voices. I’m going to be sick.

  2. Isn’t Nemo supposed to be East Indian or Middle Eastern?

  3. Nemo = Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellan

  4. I like Will Smith but not for this movie. And just because McG wants to work with him. Oh gosh. I guess it will be taking place in the modern era or Smith will be play a guy like in Wild Wild West.

  5. Well, considering that Nemo was very successfully played by a non-Indian (James Mason), I don’t think it’s necessary from that standpoint that the role had to be an actor of a particular ethnicity or race. That said, I don’t envision Will Smith as having the gravitas the role of Nemo demands. He’s capable of doing dramatic roles, but that doesn’t equate to presenting the presence that usually only age, the look of experience, and a voice that carries and exudes strength conveys. Ned land is a better suit to his abilities, but he’ll have to can the “Aw HELL no, action flick shtick and turn to a different source of inspiration for this kind of adventure film in order for it to be successful.

  6. Vid, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill had a great Indian prince interpretation of Nemo in the first two volumes of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the movie was a travesty and pushed him into the background – rubbish Nautilus as well).

    Jerseycajun, totally agree about the age and presence thing where Will Smith’s concerned.

    Stark, didn’t Patrick Stewart already play Nemo in a TV version of Mysterious Island? I haven’t seen it but I can imagine he’d be a perfect bit of casting.

  7. @The Big Dentist-

    Noy only did he play Nemo in that Mysterious Island tv movie, but let’s not forget his performance as another obsessed sailor…Ahab in Moby Dick

  8. Is that one any good then, Dan? Yeah, he was quality as Ahab! Perfectly cast.

    Just thought who’d make another good Captain Nemo: Ben Kingsley. I can definitely see Nemo as part Gandhi, part Don Lomax from Sexy Beast.

  9. Don Logan, even.

    “Will you be sinking that ship, Captain?”

    “YES! YES! YES! YES!”

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