Russell Crowe is once again hinting that a sequel to Master and Commander may yet become a reality. In 2003, coming off the megahit Gladiator and at the height of his run as a leading man, Russell Crowe starred in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, an epic seafaring adventure based on author Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series of novels. Directed by Peter Weir and set during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century, Master and Commander was one of 2003’s most eagerly awaited films, and landed Crowe on the cover of Time magazine with the headline “Crowe in Command.”
Master and Commander made about $93 million at the domestic box office and over $200 million worldwide, drew positive reviews and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing. But while O’Brian’s novels left plenty of source material for subsequent adaptations, no sequel was ever made to Master and Commander. Now, there are rumblings that one could finally be on the way.
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Russell Crowe has posted a tweet to his verified Twitter account, indicating that a second Master and Commander film is under consideration. Crowe illustrated the tweet with a gif from the film, which you can check out below:
For the Aubrey Maturin lovers , I do hear whispers indeed that a second voyage is perhaps potentially pre-proposed a possibility . So O’Brian affectionate’s and aficionados , let @20thcenturyfox know of your pleasure . pic.twitter.com/HqyE8y15Uu
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 27, 2017
This is not the first time Crowe has pushed on Twitter for a new film based on the O’Brian material. All the way back in December 2010, he suggested that fans wishing for one should email then-Fox boss Tom Rothman. However, it doesn't appear that anything ever came of that campaign.
It’s unclear which “whispers” Crowe is referring to, or if there’s even any major push at a studio level for pursuing Master and Commander 2 at this time. Crowe, for his part, isn’t quite the movie star or box office draw he once was, and the first film at the point was quite a long time ago.
Then again, Master and Commander was one of Crowe’s best films, and with the Universal Dark Universe franchise falling apart, his calendar is now much clearer. The 73-year-old Weir, for his part, hasn’t directed a film since The Way Back in 2010, and has indicated in the past that the original movie didn't perform well enough at the box office to warrant sequel consideration. Still, one can never be too certain about what to expect in Hollywood.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information concerning the Master and Commander sequel.
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