“Nemo” Canned, Marshall Helms “Pirates”

“Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, Disney’s latest adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, has been cancelled reports Variety.

The project, which aimed to begin shooting in February, has been indefinitely postponed and director McG has withdrawn from the project.

No cast was ever set despite rumors of Will Smith’s involvement, but the change of the studio’s chairman from Dick Cook to Rich Ross has de-prioritised this and quite likely several other properties in development as so many Hollywood regime changes do.

For now the studio’s priority on water-based films is the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” which aims to begin shooting in May. “Chicago” and “Memoirs of a Geisha” director Rob Marshall confirmed that he would be directing the film at a recent DGA screening of his upcoming musical “Nine”.