Russell Crowe Still Pushing for a Master and Commander Sequel


If you are a fan of seeing epic period naval battles on screen, then there is a pretty good chance you are a fan of Peter Weir’s 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Set during the Napoleonic War, the movie starred Russell Crowe as Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and was based on Patrick O’Brian’s so-called Aubrey–Maturin series of novels. It was intended to be the start of a franchise but at the time it was not deemed successful enough to continue (it made $212 million worldwide on a $150 million budget). Over the years, however, Russell Crowe has continued to hint at a possible sequel and now this week he appears to be at it again. Could it actually happen this time? Here’s what he had to say:

I don’t know what the hell “potentially pre-proposed” means but it sounds to me like he is still just trying to rally the troops. The fact that he is asking fans to contact 20th Century Fox would seem to indicate that they are not yet on board. It’s too bad because in this day and age, it seems like anything with franchise potential should at least be on the table. Clearly Crowe himself is in need of a franchise now that the Dark Universe appears to be falling apart. Would you still like to see a Master and Commander sequel?

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  • Lori Cerny

    I’m down for this, well, basically anything Crowe wants to attempt, I’ll at least watch.

  • pcch7

    I really hope this happens

  • Deven Science

    Love Master and Commander. He’d have to be an Admiral by now, or something.

  • Matt the Kiwi

    Master and Commander is easily in my top 10 of all time favourite films. Everything about it is perfect from the score to the directing to the performances to the authenticity of those gorgeous bloody boats themselves. If Russell Crowe can make this happen we’ll warmly embrace him back into the welcoming arms of New Zealand (we donated him to Australia a couple of temper tantrums ago).

  • 1138sw

    I haven’t seen M&C in quite awhile but I loved the movie! Thought RC was great in it! And Paul Bettany was awesome as well! But a sequel after 14 years? Man it better be good and it better have some good writers and good a good director attached!

  • As much as I would love a sequel, I don’t see how a studio could greenlight this for profit motives after Blade Runner couldn’t pull big numbers. If it does get made, it truly shows some studios are willing to make a break-even movie for the sake of art.

    BTW, one of the best bluray audio mixes! Aspects like this are 100% why I buy physical media over anything compressed.

  • Jared Kerr

    Very into this idea. Not enough old school ship movies. Just saw the Bounty, which was pretty awesome if you’re into this genre.

  • Kurt

    Master & Commander is the best Adventure film of the 21st century. I’m excited they are going to make another one. I hope they stick to their ‘build the ship and do all the shooting on it’ IN CAMERA ethos that made the first one so special.