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:
For the Aubrey Maturin lovers , I do hear whispers indeed that a second voyage is perhaps potentially pre-proposed a possibility . So O’Brian affectionate’s and aficionados , let @20thcenturyfox know of your pleasure . pic.twitter.com/HqyE8y15Uu
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 27, 2017
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?