With a new series, Disney+ is getting ready to dive into Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Nautilus project entails a ten-part live-action series based on the 19th-century novel. Disney’s new take on the material, produced by Moonriver TV and All3Media-owned Seven Stories in the United Kingdom, will tell the origin story of Captain Nemo and his legendary submarine, The Nautilus. Per THR, “An Indian prince robbed of his birthright and family, a prisoner of the East India Company, and a man bent on revenge against the forces which have taken everything from him, Nemo set sail with his ragtag crew on board the awe-inspiring vessel, battling foes and discovering magical underwater worlds.”
Nautilus is written and executive produced by James Dormer and is executive produced by Johanna Devereaux. It was developed and co-produced by Moonriver TV’s Xavier Marchand and Seven Stories’ Anand Tucker.
“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 on-screen characters. The series will be breathtaking, action-packed and a huge amount of fun.”
This isn’t the first time Disney has chosen Captain Nemo to go under the sea. Previously, the studio made a feature film based on Jules Verne’s iconic deep-sea adventure, starring James Mason as Nemo and Kirk Douglas as Ned Land. Richard Fleischer directed the film, which featured a number of revolutionary effects. Perhaps not by today’s standards, but filming underwater was a big deal back then. Oh, and don’t forget about the fabled creature effects. I’m talking about puppets the size of flatbed trucks, swiping to and fro with their tentacles. It was a sight to behold at the time, and it will be even more impressive once modern technology is applied.