Fourteen years after the Russell Crowe epic, Master and Commander was released, a snippet of information concerning a much sort after sequel could become a reality after Crowe himself hinted at a second voyage via Twitter.
Taking to the social media Platform, Crowe said “For the Aubrey Maturin lovers, I do hear whispers indeed that a second voyage is perhaps potentially pre-proposed a possibility. So O’Brian affectionate’s and aficionados, let @20thcenturyfox know of your pleasure.”
The 2003, written and directed Peter Weir film was set within the Napoleonic Wars and based on three of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey Maturin series, the whole series consists of twenty novels. The film featured Crowe as lead Jack Aubrey, captain of the Royal Navy and Paul Bettany as Dr. Stephen Maturin. The film, set in 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, followed the brash Captain Jack Aubrey and his trusted friend, the ship’s scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany). When they 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.
Despite the film meeting with a frosty reception from audiences, it was nominated for a staggering 10 Oscars and went on to win Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing and lost in all other categories to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, so just a little unlucky to be released at that time.
Speculation is now mounting as to which direction the sequel will follow, in 2009 there were rumours of adapting the eleventh in the series, The Reverse of the Medal, which was mainly based in a courtroom. Could this story see a revival? Watch this space.