McG's 20,000 Leagues Gets A Rewrite, Luckily Not By Christian Bale

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Looks like the tide is turning for McG's undersea adventure. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is getting a much needed rewrite. But have Terminator Salvation's numbers scared off the mooted lead actor, Will Smith?

In January we warned you about the sexy sword-playing script that was getting tossed around for the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea prequel. The script sounded epically hokey, at best. We even asked McG what was the deal with this over-the-top screenplay, and he assured us it was nothing like that.


In any case, The Hollywood Reporter says that the big script is now undergoing a hefty rewrite from Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace. Let's hope they get it right this time.

But with all the hub-bub around the disastrous Terminator 4, will Will Smith still be game to sign as baby Nemo? And isn't he getting a little old to play these youngsters? Although granted, Captain Nemo wasn't super young in Jules Verne's novels. Plus, isn't Captain Nemo usually depicted as either a Hindu or a Sikh?

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I think I'm going to pass unless the entire movie's dialogue is this old joke:

Captain Nemo: Arrrrrrr... Ever been to sea, Billy?

Billy: No, Captain Nemo, but I've been blow ashore.