A new 10-part live-action series based on Jules Verne’s classic undersea adventure 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is coming to Disney+.
Nautilus, which premiered on Monday and is produced by Moonriver TV and All3Media-owned Seven Stories in the United Kingdom, is expected to give the renowned 19th century novel a fresh twist, recounting the genesis tale of Captain Nemo and his fabled submarine, the Nautilus. An Indian prince robbed of his birthright and family, a prisoner of the East India Company, and a man bent on vengeance against the forces that have taken everything from him, Nemo set sail on board the awe-inspiring vessel with his motley crew, battling foes and discovering magical underwater worlds.
It’s not the first time Disney has dabbled in Verne’s story; in 1954, the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starred James Mason as Nemo and Kirk Douglas as monster-harpooner Ned Land.
Nautilus is written and executive produced by James Dormer (Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands) and executive produced by Johanna Devereaux, head of scripted original programming for EMEA at Disney+. It was developed and co-produced by Moonriver TV’s Xavier Marchand and Seven Stories’ Anand Tucker. Filming is scheduled to begin in early 2022.
“Jules Verne’s story is a beloved classic all around the world,” said Devereaux. “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.”
Nautilus, which was first announced by Devereaux at the 2021 Edinburgh TV Festival, adds another notch to Disney+’s burgeoning European slate, which last year stated that it aimed to commission 50 programs from the continent by 2024. With the announcement of 13 titles from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands earlier in 2021, as well as a new unscripted series with David Beckham, the platform is already approaching one-third of its objective.
Along with Nautilus, Disney utilized the Edinburgh TV Festival to announce casting for two of its previously announced Disney+ shows.
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