Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World may not have been a massive box office success upon its release back in 2003, but it has certainly built up a vocal fan base over the years. The nautical historical epic was based on a series of books by Patrick O’Brian and was originally intended to spawn a franchise but it didn’t turn out that way. Russell Crowe has been talking up a sequel for years but 20th Century Fox never seemed willing to take the plunge. Now this week there is a new glimmer of hope, although unfortunately for Russell Crowe it does not seem likely that he will be involved. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Deadline, 20th Century has hired screenwriter Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) to write the script for a new Master and Commander movie. It will potentially be based on the first book in the series (titled Master and Commander) which features a young Jack Aubrey taking command of his first ship and starting his friendship with surgeon Stephen Maturin. Since it would feature younger versions of the main characters, neither Russell Crowe nor Paul Bettany (who played Maturin) are expected to return.
Patrick Ness is a novelist turned screenwriter who is best known for writing the Chaos Walking series of books. More recently, he wrote the screenplay for a new adaptation of Lord of the Flies to be directed by Luca Guadagnino. No director is currently attached to this project and it is unclear if Peter Weir would have any involvement. His last film was 2010’s The Way Back. Would you be excited to see a Master and Commander prequel?