Prequel to Russell Crowe’s ‘Master and Commander’ in the Works

It looks like the tide is turning on “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” Despite being criticized by Twitter for being too long, Fox is interested in giving audiences more adventures on the high seas.

Initially reported via Deadline, it seems the newly minted 20th Century Studios is working on a prequel to the 2003 seafaring film. Screenwriter Patrick Ness, who scribed the 2016 family drama “A Monster Calls” will tackle the screenplay. There are currently no stars or a director attached.

Directed by Peter Weir, the original feature starred Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany as members of a ship in pursuit of a French vessel during the Napoleonic wars.

At the beginning of the pandemic last year the film saw an unintentional resurgence via Twitter when one user wrote, “Lots of folk complaining about lack of sleep during the Pandemic. May I recommend ‘Master and Commander’ starring the usually captivating, attention-grabbing Russell Crowe. I’ve never made it past the ten minute mark. You’re welcome. And thanks Russell.”

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