Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Australian Disney+ Original series, “Nautilus”, was no longer going to be released on the streaming platform as planned and instead was going to be sold off to another network, as part of a strategy to reduce costs, in addition to focus its efforts on established franchises and creating a more curated lineup of original content.
“Nautilus” is a ten-episode live-action series inspired by Jules Verne’s beloved “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” that tells the origin story of the iconic Captain Nemo: an Indian Prince robbed of his birthright and family, a prisoner of the East India Mercantile Company and a man bent on revenge against the forces that have taken everything from him.
Today, AMC Networks has announced that it has licensed the U.S. and Canadian linear and streaming rights to “Nautilus”, and that the series will air on AMC and AMC+ as a special television event in 2024. It’s not been revealed where the show will be released outside of the US and Canada, with“Nautilus” is still being distributed by Disney Entertainment.
The new series stars Shazad Latif, Georgia Flood, Thierry Fremont and Céline Menville, with guest appearances from Richard E Grant, Anna Torv and Noah Taylor. It’s developed and produced by Moonriver TV’s Xavier Marchand and Seven Stories’ Anand Tucker, is written and executive produced by James Dormer, and is executive produced by Johanna Devereaux, Chris Loveall, Colleen Woodcock and Daisy Gilbert. Cameron Welsh serves as producer, and Michael Matthews is the lead director of this epic adventure series.
Ben Davis, executive vice president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios, said in a statement:
“Nautilus is a big, sweeping drama that is sure to appeal to fans of our Anne Rice Immortal Universe and other buzzy and fan-forward series like Orphan Black: Echoes. We are looking forward to bringing it to AMC+ and AMC as a special television event next year.”
“We are so thrilled to present the epic adventures of Captain Nemo and his legendary submarine The Nautilus alongside the other incredible AMC universes. The series will take viewers on a breathtaking journey with Nemo and his crew, battling terrifying creatures and the dark forces of the British Empire.”
James Dormer, executive producer and writer, added:
“I am hugely excited that the efforts of everyone involved in the making of the show will be seen on such a prestigious network.”
While it is a shame that this series isn’t going to be released on Disney+ as planned, at least the show will get a second lease of life on the AMC platforms, though a cloud will surround the show, since it’s automatically been tarnished by being not good enough for Disney+. This isn’t the only Disney+ Original show to be sold off; recently, it was revealed that Roku picked up the US rights for “The Spiderwick Chronicles”.
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