A new Master and Commander movie is in early development that will reboot the story of Captain Jack Aubrey, who Russell Crowe previously played.
The 2003 pic Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, was based on the novels written by Patrick O'Brian. The sea epic was directed by Patrick Weir and starred Russell Crowe as Captain Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany as Dr Stephen Maturin.
Even though the movie was generally successful and accumulated many fans, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World proved to be a box office disappointment. It only made $211 million on a budget of $150M and received 10 Oscar nominations.
This didn't stop 20th Century and Crowe from continuing to discuss the possibility of making more movies in this universe.
O'Brian's novels span 20 completed stories about Aubrey's naval career, giving it plenty of franchise potential if done correctly. Nearly two decades after the original movie's release, it appears the 20th Century is ready to take another swing at the property.
According to Deadline, 20th Century Studios is in early development on a new Master and Commander movie. A Monster Calls scribe Patrick Ness has been hired to write a script for a new take on the property. The movie is in the early stages and does not have a director or any stars attached yet.