New ‘Master and Commander’ in Development at 20th Century Studios
A new Master and Commander film is in the works at 20th Century Studios. Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking, A Monster Calls) is writing the script, according to Deadline. Because the concept is still in its early stages, no talent or director has been linked to it yet.
Released in 2003, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is set in 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise. The brash Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and his trusted friend, the ship’s scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany), are ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast. Though Napoleon is winning the war and the men and their crew face an onslaught of obstacles, including their own internal battles, “Lucky Jack” is determined that nothing will stop the Surprise from completing its mission.
Based on popular book series, when Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World was released, the plan was to continue the franchise, however, those plans ultimately fell through. With this new Master and Commander film, the Disney-owned company will aim to develop its own franchise, based on the first novel in the series which focuses on young Aubrey when he is given his first command.
No release date has been announced for Disney’s untitled Master and Commander film.