At the Edinburgh TV Festival, Disney has announced brand new Disney+ original live-action-drama series “Nautilus”, which is based on the Jules Verne’s classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

The ten-part adventure series will be an origin story of Captain Nemo, and his famous submarine, The Nautilus.

In the series, Nemo is 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. But once he sets sail with his ragtag crew on board the awe-inspiring Nautilus, he not only battles with his enemy, he also discovers a magical underwater world.

Liam Keelan, VP, original productions, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company, said during a festival session.

”It will feel really big scale, really epic.  I’ve seen the first script and the 10 outlines, and it reads like 10 feature films, really. So it’s going to be a really big deal for us.”

This new Disney+ series is being developed  and co-produced by Moonriver TV’s Xavier Marchand and Seven Stories’ Anand Tucker, Nautilus is written and executive-produced by James Dormer (Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands) and is being executive-produced by Johanna Devereaux for Disney.

Filming on the new series is set to begin in early 2022 and is one of the 50 project to be made in Europe by 2024.

Disney has had a long history with Jules Verne’s classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, releasing a film back in 1954, which spawned attractions at Disney Theme Park around the world, along with other works from Jules Verne have inspired Disney projects like the “Atlantis” films and more.

What do you think of Disney making a “Nautilus” series for Disney+?


Source – Variety

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  1. Tom August 23, 2021

    I expect Disney to mine all the public domain properties for new series, both live action and animated. I expect most of the Jules Verne, HG Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs and other classic writer’s stories to be made into series.

  2. ScionStorm August 23, 2021

    They should really make the Jules Verne novels into an anthology series. Like American Horror Story but just the 'Verne-verse'.

  3. Gary Alan Ruse August 24, 2021

    I'm excited by this news. Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea film is one of my all time favorites. I hope they keep the same design of the Nautilus created by Harper Goff, since it was stunning and the best representation of the submarine ever done. I also hope they will keep the Nemo character close to the James Mason version instead of the one in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Seeing more of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus is wonderful news! I can hardly wait.

  4. Joseph Martel September 16, 2021

    I fell in love with the movie when I was a kid and to this day is still my favorite Disney flick. Now they're creating a 10-part mini-series not only telling his back story, but also using the original "Prince Dakkar" version? Consider my mind blown. 🤯