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Disney+ Cancels Already-Filmed Series, Production Searches For New Home For Completed Episodes-TGN

Summary

  • Disney+ cancels completed series Nautilus, based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, as part of cost-cutting measures.
  • The show, consisting of ten parts, explores the origins of Captain Nemo and his famous submarine.
  • Disney+ is actively seeking a new home for Nautilus, working with the production team to secure a new deal.


Disney+ is canceling another completed series, Nautilus, as the show’s production company looks for a new home. Based on the Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and consisting of ten parts, Nautilus is a live-action show about the origins of Captain Nemo and his famous submarine The Nautilus. In the Disney+ retelling, Star Trek: Discovery‘s Shazad Latif would have played Nemo.

Deadline now confirms that Disney+ will not be moving forward with Nautilus. The decision is part of the company’s ongoing streaming content removal plan, as Disney announced in February that it plans to cut $3 billion across the company in terms of its spending on non-sports programming. The retelling of Captain Nemo has already been filmed. Disney+ is reportedly working with the production team to find a new home for Nautilus, with meetings underway. The news follows the cancelation of The Spiderwick Chronicles, which is also completed and being shopped around.


Nautilus Is A Missed Opportunity (If It Doesn’t Find A New Home)

Shazad Latif as Dr. Henry Jekyll.

Nautilus would have seen Latif’s Nemo as an Indian Prince robbed of his birthright and family. Nemo is a prisoner of the East India Company, who is focused on revenge against the forces that may have taken everything from him. Once he sets sail with his ragtag crew on board the Nautilus, however, Nemo not only battles with his enemy, he also discovers a magical underwater world.

Along with Latif, the cast of Nautilus includes Georgia Flood, Thierry Frémont, Pacharo Mzembe, Arlo Green, Tyrone Ngatai, Ling Cooper Tang, Andrew Shaw, Ashan Kumar, Céline Menville, and Kayden Price. The series would not have just adapted a familiar tale. But with a diverse cast and a unique perspective, it could have been a worthwhile journey to explore.

Related: Why Streaming Services Are Removing Their Own Movies & TV Shows

The content removal began with Disney+ removing titles from its platform. As it continues to cut costs by pulling back on the number of its originals, hopefully, shows like Nautilus won’t be a casualty of streaming where, too often, interesting stories and compelling performances can disappear entirely because of short-term financial considerations.

Source: Deadline

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