Scribe tapped to rewrite 'Leagues'

Randall Wallace set for story of Captain Nemo's origin

Randall Wallace has been brought aboard to rewrite "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," Disney's take on the classic Jules Verne character being directed by McG. Idealogy's Sean Bailey is producing with McG.

"Nemo" aims to tell the origin of Captain Nemo and his submarine warship, the Nautilus. Nemo is a mysterious but noble antagonist in the book, a scientific genius with a thirst for knowledge and a desire for revenge against the forces of imperialism.

In Verne's lesser-known sequel, "The Mysterious Island," Nemo is revealed as Indian Prince Dakkar, a rajah's son who took part in a failed rebellion and lost his wife and children. It is unclear how close to that back story Disney will stick, but "Nemo's" tone will be decidedly action-adventure.

The script previously was worked by Bill Marsilii and Justin Marks.

Brigham Taylor and Todd Murata are overseeing for Disney.

Wallace is squeezing in the "Nemo" writing gig before he directs "Secretariat," starring Diane Lane, for Disney. The racehorse drama is set to begin shooting in late September. Wallace, whose writing credits range from "Braveheart" to "Atlas Shrugged," is repped by WME.