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And The Writer Du Jour On McG's CAPTAIN NEMO Is...

Merrick here...
Let us all take a moment to appreciate and respect CAPTAIN NEMO, the brave little McG project which...thus far...has demonstrated its unwavering love for humanity by steadfastly refusing to come together. You may recall, this is the film in which McG wants to cast Will Smith (HERE) - presumably (but not necessarily) in the title role. After NEMO's script was drawn & quartered by IESB a while back (details HERE), we got wind that it was being overhauled; Justin Marks was brought on board to rewrite the screenplay and serve as "world builder" (or some crazy shit like that). Around the same time, the project was fast tracked in the hope McG would get to it as soon as TERMINATOR SALVATION was released (details HERE). Now comes word that yet another writer has been sucked into NEMO's vortex: Randall Wallace has been brought aboard to rewrite "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," Disney's take on the classic Jules Verne character being directed by McG ...says THIS piece at HR. Wallace also scripted BRAVEHEART, WE WERE SOLDIERS (which he also directed), and...well...PEARL HARBOR. This news should've been posted yesterday. I couldn't get online to do it, so apologies for the delay.

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  • July 9, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    McG - bad even when his heart's in the right place

    by Mr Gorilla

    I truly believe that McG made TERMINATOR: SALSATION (my favourite Saturday Night Fever track) for all the right reasons. And, looking at the 4-minute iPod download earlier today whilst I was taking a shit, it really looks from the visuals that he's gone for it. But - damn! - that script was so bad. Not the dialogue, particularly, more the story. I just, didn't want to know what happened next. Ever. All of which is to say - he shouldn't be directing this kind of big budget stuff, ever again.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    The Lord says don't change the subject

    by kwisatzhaderach

    just answer the fookin question!

  • July 9, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Will Smith?

    by Madcapper

    As Captain Nemo? Sounds fucked up. Even for a McG idea..

  • July 9, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I don't get it, why force a project like this?...if it isn't...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...coming together and there aren't any good ideas why insist on raping a dead horse? I get that it would be nice to have another PIRATES type cash cow but.......this just doesn't seem to be clicking...

  • July 9, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    The Best Captain Nemo...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ...not James Mason, but Naseeruddin Shah, in an otherwise dreadful League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Will Smith has about as much gravity as a zero-G chamber, which is to say none.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Don't cast Will Smith!

    by SunkUboat

    He'll only end up using his clout to force producers to let Jaden Smith to play the part of Esmerelda the Seal.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    McG just doesn't have greatness in him

    by Spandau Belly

    He has 'prettygoodness' and 'alrightness' and 'understandablemisfireness', but not 'greatness'.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    "McG, you got anything to say to this prick?"

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    "I didn't see it."

  • July 9, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    make terminator 5!

    by krod


  • July 9, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by Sean_Biscuit

  • July 9, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by ackack

    I'm gonna kick your fucking ass!!! All hail Bale!

  • July 9, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Harry goddamit please remove the ad for the mutant banshee

    by drturing

    over on the right does anyone else see a fucking personal ad that makes them taste the orangey horridness that is a bit of stomach acid pumping up their esophagus in sheer horror at the thought of dating a woman who resembles a post op boy george?

  • July 9, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Oh BTW for six months I ranted McG sucks

    by drturing

    now history has proven me right, so I'll drop it.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Is Justin Marks the Street Fighter guy?

    by OGoncho

    The one who Sony saw fit to hand over Shadow of the Colossus to? How dare they rewrite the efforts of a script-master-in-waiting?!

  • July 9, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by blakindigo


  • July 9, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by blakindigo

    Wait… you DON'T like McG's movies?

  • July 9, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST

    How about a Little Nemo: adventures in slumberland instead

    by Nick91884

    Directed by guierrimo del toro and starring the Freddy highmore as nemo and Jim carrey as flip.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    how can a black guy be an 1860s captain??

    by Windowlicker74

    just wondering.. or will there be a lost slave angle?

  • July 9, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    And McG can eat shit for taking a potentially good film and getting involved in its creation. <br> <br> Wallace, I hope you enjoy your paycheck, and I hope you never have to see the final film.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Fuck Justin Marks

    by D.Vader

    Hire someone else. Give another writer a chance. This guy has had ZERO proven hits, and he's still getting hired for all these big projects. I don't fucking get it.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    is from McG, right? In that case I can forgive his few crappy movies

  • July 9, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Agreed, Aquatarkusman

    by bah

    Nemo was great in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Captain Nemo could be black

    by Pouchstalker

    In the book he is described as being of Moor descent. The first movie that was made, a silent movie, Nemo was black.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    McG has 12 year old attitudes toward film

    by D.Vader

    I don't mean 1997 attitudes, I mean the attitudes of a middle-schooler. <p> Honestly, who else would think having John Connor turn into a Terminator that kills everyone at the end of the film is a good idea? Who else would think the series should go back in time so that modern technology has to fight future Terminator weapons in London? Those ideas make absolutely NO SENSE AT ALL when you place them in their proper context within the films' universe.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Movie went from my never see list to the possible list. Now, If they drop Smith and any other celebrity actor in favor of a real actor, I'm in.

  • You know what, I was rooting for MCG to pull it off, but to get together a 200 million dollar budget and a decent cast and make a movie about the future war that doesn't show any of the actual future war, completely betrays the chronology and vision of the original movies, and has a story that is utterly inconsquential in the terminator timeline, there's no forgiving that, sorry. If he'd spent all the time he spent trying to promote the movie and rewrote the script from scratch we could've had something, but goddamn, that movie doesn't even work as dumb pop-corn entertainment, it's just stupid and boring. Say what you will about Transformers 2, but at least Michael Bay knows how to put the money on the screen.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    YOU SAID IT.I was SOOOOO hyped to see this.McG and his prostituting of this had me SOLD.I was shcked at how bad it came out.I was FUCKNIG SAD.This had SOOOO MUCH potential. McG man, you lied to me.Now, I am offically part of the "MCG SUCKS FAT COCKS' bandwagon.And know what? it' your fault!

  • July 9, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    BULLET3 - you had me agreeing with you until..

    by awepittance

    that stupid fucking michael bay comment. they are both shit, it's like comparing turds to bowl of urine

  • July 9, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah any credibility he had (very little) is wasted now

    by Han Cholo

    I was routing for McGinty to somehow pull one out. The trailers looked tight, the cast was also looking good. How could one go wrong with Bale and Ironside? Then when I saw the film I was completely bored. The big ass gaping plot hole of how Skynet knew who Kyle Reese was, how it used him as bait and didn't kill him, the stupid heart transplant, the fact that the resistance had a base in broad daylight, (and a plane hangar, the fuck?!?!), Worthington's accent, I could go on and on. Production design and yes, the lighting were awesome. But that doesn't excuse the simpletons who wrote the story. And I lost some respect for Bale who, up till that film had a very good resume of roles on film. He totally phoned it in. That movie sucked some big donkey balls. McGinty doesn't deserve to direct another big budget movie as a result of this abomination. FUCK HIM!!!!

  • July 9, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    What he meant was when you wacth TRANSOFRMERS 2(massive hunk of shit)-you can tell they spent the bucks on the special effects(the entire movie featured robots-unlike the 1st film, which sort of skimped on the fx).Where as with terminator-i felt that the effexts were pretty good(except for that AWFUL building collapse-WHAT THE FUCK???)..but somewhat sparse.It felt like they spent the budget elsewhere.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    dear hollywood, don't give him anything to direct, unless the budget is $1,000,000.Sure-he can "talk" the talk, but he surely can't walk the walk.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by bullet3

    Ya, I was just making the point that if you were to look at just purely the effects, Transformers 2 looked like it cost 4 times as much as T:S.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by damned-dirty-ape

    How about Faran Tahir? He played the main terrorist in Iron Man, a terrorist in Chuck and the strange eastern fella in Sunshine. I could totally see him as Nemo, the man has it

  • July 9, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Not On My List

    by Cobbio

    McG made his play for greatness, and failed. Horribly.<p> After the ashes fall, he should direct something small to get his chops back up to snuff. But then again, this is Hollywood. He must really give good head.<p> Needless to say, "Nemo" isn't on my list of "must-see" films.

  • July 9, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Nemo continued

    by damned-dirty-ape

    He was also the Captain that bought the farm in the new Trek film

  • July 9, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    TERMINATORSALVATION does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Seems that T:S is a divisive film, but I thought it decent enough to make describing it as a turd or even 'a flaming turd' kinda ridiculous.<p> Great effects, great props and costumes, some cracking action scenes (the highway chase, and Bale blasting the Terminator torso with a minigun), a serious sombre tone... but let down by a haphazard storyline.<p> I'd personally give it a 7/10 and perhaps the Blu Ray with an extended cut will bump it up to an 8. That's hardly what i'd call a turd.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I like Faran Tahir

    by D.Vader

    He has a good voice and good presence. He was also the first Captain in the new Star Trek, right?

  • July 9, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    One of the 5 worst directors in Hollywood

    by ZoeFan

    His Terminator didn't even make half of its money back, yet Hollywood continues to let this guy go crazy.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by damned-dirty-ape

    That's right. He was the captain of the ship that was destroyed at the beginning

  • July 9, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    mcgarbage ahahahahahah

    by drturing

    i like McHeadbuttedbyBillMurrayandinfearofchristianbalege.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by In_Rainbows

    McPoop is more like it.

  • July 9, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Randall Wallace is a pro-war hack...I bet FoxNews loves him

    by axel fff

  • July 9, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    i would NEVER want to watch this shit

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    so why would i watch it with McG behind the helm? No way in hell hollywood.MCG-YOUR ONLY soooooorta okay film is Charlie's Angels.Thats it.You had had 3 flops since. Who keeps hiring you?You need to go over the direct-to-dvd market and direct TRANSPHORMERS 3! or Scorpion King 3! Earn our trust back you sack of shit

  • July 9, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    This will tank Orca-style.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    But Orca was a delight.

  • July 9, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    McGag on my cock

    by ScottinDC

    This is so ill advised...why would McG even bother with this shit?

  • July 9, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Supernatural's the only great thing with his name on it

    by turketron_2


  • July 9, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    another vote for Tahir

    by mr. smith

    the obvious choice, really.

  • July 9, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    "Aw, Hell, naw, squid! You did not shoot that ink shit at me!!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 9, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Everybody keeps saying the action scenes were great in TS

    by ackack

    but how can any action scene be considered great when you don't give a shit about any of the characters involved? I don't care how well it is shot or choreagraphed or how cool the explosions are. Fuck T4 and Fuck McG! I want my money back, you dooche!

  • July 9, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I was hoping for boborci

    by ironic_name

  • July 9, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    McGood Grief.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Someone, just stop this fuck now. Salvation was pants, but at least he didn't fuck a pristine Cameron universe, the asshole heading T3 already did that. But Jules Verne....? That guy is sacred. Hell, even Paul Gross's adpation had merit....McG's will most certainly not. Colour me unimpressed.

  • July 9, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    MARK STRONG for NEMO!!!!!!!

    by phallix trebek

    Do it motherfuckers!

  • July 9, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    CAPTAIN NEMO starring MCG!

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    To be directed by Will Smith. HIGHEST GROSSING TURD EVER!

  • July 9, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Needs Naveen Andrews as Nemo.

    by Dingbatty

  • July 9, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    Naveen Andrews is a good idea.He can torture everyone else on the crew-and build crude ham radios! for no reason other than cause i want him too!

  • July 9, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    i don't give a shit about randall wallace being pro war

    by drturing

    i give a shit about the fucking scale of human tragedy he wreaked upon anyone who saw pearl harbor.

  • July 9, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    More like Trombley? MORE LIKE TROMBLEY???

    by drturing


  • July 9, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Naveen Andrews is a PIMP. Seriously ...

    by Lamerz

    That guy needs more roles.

  • July 9, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Sorry, will never take someone named "McG" seriously

    by Photoman

    Yeah, okay, it was his nickname as a kid. Should Spielberg have "Directed by Stevie" from now on too? That was his nickname.

  • July 9, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    And there goes my OTHER screenplay idea. Crap!

    by tangcameo

    First some ex-stripper writes about some pregnant high-schooler, turns it into a comedy, and wins a freakin' Oscar for it. Now McG (I always picture him with a greasy paper McD hat) decides to revive Captain Nemo and cast Will "Aw Hell No" Smith?

  • July 9, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Naveen is great

    by OrsonSwells

    He was awesome in The English patient. What about Cliff Curtis? Sure he's from New Zealand but he's been cast as Pablo Escobar, an Arab in a couple of flicks. I think he deserves more screen time.

  • July 9, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    T4 was still better than TESTICLEFORMERS 2: BAY RAPES YOUR FACE

    by ChoclateWoman

    It's true. But it doesn't mean it was good. Average at best. I hope theres an extended cut of some kind released with that 40 minutes that ended up on the editing floor. Might help flesh out the movie and fill some plot holes that piss people off.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as 'you name it'...fuck this crap

    by quantize

    really...fuck it..Captain fucking Nemo now? fucking woeful and retarded.

  • July 9, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as 'Donnie Darko'

    by quantize


  • July 9, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as 'Captain Hook'

    by quantize


  • July 9, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as 'Jesus Of Nazareth'

    by quantize


  • July 9, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as 'Forrest Gump'

    by quantize


  • July 9, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as 'Batman'

    by quantize


  • July 9, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as 'Hercules'

    by quantize


  • July 9, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Will Smith as 'Terry Malloy' from on the Waterfront

    by quantize


  • July 9, 2009, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Fuck re-imaginings in their nasty dirt holes..

    by quantize

    enough already

  • July 9, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    World building

    by NoHubris

    I give them credit for putting the effort into presenting a fresh story.<p>IMHO hiring Wallace and the prior world-building writer shows that they are making a good faith attempt at creating something that isn't run of the mill.

  • July 9, 2009, 11:28 p.m. CST

    After that limpdick T4...

    by BendersShinyAss

    McG can fuck off!! <p> he. can. fuck. off!! <p>that film was a fucking loss

  • July 9, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    T4 fell short because of the script

    by NoHubris

    It looks like McG has learned his lesson and is willing to bring in the writers to do what is needed.

  • July 10, 2009, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Will Smith as Michael Jackson....

    by conspiracy

    And you FUCKING KNOW that is IS gonna happen.

  • July 10, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Will Smith in: Finding Captain Nemo 2

    by conspiracy

    Sharks? Awwww Helll noooo...we talking Giant Squid ya'll.

  • July 10, 2009, 1:16 a.m. CST

    ironic_name..Thats right..keep saying his name.

    by conspiracy

    2 more times and he'll pop up like a bad fuckin dream. Actually..Orci writng this would be fun...I've always wanted to see Captain Nemo pissing, farting and shuckin and jive'in...and if Roberto gets within a city block of this thing that is exactly what you're gonna get.</p><p>It might be a shit project now...but attaching Orci to this would remove ALL doubt.

  • July 10, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    I was with him till T:S

    by David Cloverfield

    I liked the Charlie's Angels movies and love Supernatural. But T:S was a disaster.

  • July 10, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I'll watch the Disney version again instead

    by MattmanReturns

    That one was badass. Except for the weird part where Kirk Douglas suddenly thinks he's in a musical and starts singing to the crew. Other than that, awesome.

  • July 10, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by JediTray

    McG is still employed?

  • July 11, 2009, 3:51 a.m. CST

    The central question is....

    by carraway

    Why is fuckin McG being allowed to direct another movie?

  • July 11, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Well at least Christian Bale isn't starring in another fricking

    by tangcameo

    Christian Bale as Nemo. Christian Bale as every fucking human being on earth that might star in an action movie, and those who might not. Christian Bale as you!

  • July 11, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    I smell another Wild Wild West

    by tangcameo

    INT. NAUTILUS SUBMARINE Captain Nemo starts slapping some fat woman's boobies.

  • July 12, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST

    TS wasn't completely damned.

    by neuro

    but I've read so many comments about people having issues with there not being some mega battle... Putting aside the unnecessary 'face' of skynet and other stupid quirks, the scale of the war was fitting. Consider the fact the terminators were just getting started - as bad as it looked, the shit hadn't even hit the fan yet. Humans thought they had it bad - they were just nuked, but still had some remaining bases and were trying their best to wipe out the terminators where they could... The shots of piles skulls being crushed, with a much older kyle reese says the epic battle is still on the horizon. As much as I didn't hate the film the way many on here do, I think the next movie could still be good, but I'd hope in the hands of a better director.

  • July 12, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Wil Smith . . .

    by Gasfarty

    That jellybean head, potato chip ear, fried egg eyed, pickin' and grinin', one trick pony bastard douchebag peckerface twit assbagger should go away already. Me no likey.