Though Disney has tried a few times to make a new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic sci-fi yarn 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, none have been able to free themselves from the squiddy grip of development hell. Instead, the studio is now putting its focus on a prequel series for Disney+, one that is destined to shoot in the UK and Europe.
James Dormer, who has worked on shows including Strike Back and Beowulf: Return To The Shieldlands, is on board as head writer for a show that will chart how Captain Nemo first started his adventurous life with advanced (for the 19th century, at least) submarine The Nautilus. An Indian prince robbed of his birth right 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. The 10-part first season will kick off shooting next year.
“Jules Verne’s story is a beloved classic all around the world,” says Disney+ director of scripted original content Johanna 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.”