A new Master and Commander movie is in the works at 20th Century Studios with Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) adapting the script. The film is said to be in the very early stages of development and no director or cast has been attached at this time.
Released in 2003, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is set in 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, the brash Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and his trusted friend, the ship’s scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany), are ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast. Though Napoleon is winning the war and the men and their crew face an onslaught of obstacles, including their own internal battles, “Lucky Jack” is determined that nothing will stop the Surprise from completing its mission. The film made more than $200 million worldwide and received 10 Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture.
The first film was based on the popular book series with the notion to adapt other books into films. The article says sources indicate this pic would be based on the first book in the series, which shows a young Aubrey as he is given his first command and also explores how his friendship with his naval surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Bettany), begins. Since this would be set in the early days of Aubrey, it is likely they would have new talent playing Aubrey and Maturin as well.
2003’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is currently available to stream on Disney+ in some countries including Australia and Canada.