'Wolverine' Helmer James Mangold to Direct Disney's 'Captain Nemo'

James Mangold - Getty - S 2016
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James Mangold - Getty - S 2016

The project is centered on the iconic character from '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.'

James Mangold, who directed 2013's The Wolverine and the upcoming sequel, will direct Captain Nemo for Disney.

The film is based on the main antihero in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It's an original story rather than an adaptation of Jules Verne's 19th-century novel. Sebastian Gutierrez is working on the latest draft.

Disney previously adapted the book into a 1954 film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason and Paul Lukas. Mason played the character of Captain Nemo, a mysterious genius who explored the sea in his submarine.

Mangold previously directed Walk the Line (2005), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Knight and Day (2010) and Girl, Interrupted (1999). His next film, the currently untitled Wolverine sequel starring Hugh Jackman, will hit theaters in March 2017. Mangold is repped by WME and Management 360.