With the exit of Disney studio chief Dick Cook, a few projects that were once on the fast track would ultimately be left behind in the wake of change. Enter the first victim, the McG directed Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Even though it was on the fast track to production (and shooting in February) and had big names like Will Smith circling the wagons, the project is now dead, according to Variety.
Even though this was intended to be a major tentpole, Disney is still saying that it is still placing a priority on making event pics. Which makes sense, as those make a lot of money. Films such as John Carter of Mars, Tron: Legacy and the upcoming fourth Pirates of the Caribbean will lead the charge for Disney over the next few years under the Rich Ross regime.
This leaves McG with time to concentrate on other projects, which we can only hope doesn’t include another Terminator film. That seems unlikely, as the franchise is currently working its way through bankruptcy court and will likely end up with a new owner in the near future. If the new owners of Terminator have any sense, they will go in a direction that is different from the vision of McG, who brought the fanbase to its knees (not in a good way) with this summer’s Terminator Salvation. As for 20,000 Leagues, I can’t exactly say that I’m sad to see it go. As much as another adaptation of this classic Jules Verne story could be awesome, I’m not sure that McG is the right man for the job after seeing Salvation. As a storyteller, he greatly lacks the ability to make his films feel big — even if they are gigantic in concept.