McG to direct fast-tracked Disney project

Justin Marks has come on board to rewrite Disney’s redo of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo.”

Remake will serve as an origin story of Nemo as he creates his warship, the Nautilus. Characters come from the Jules Verne novel and the 1954 actioner, that was the first live action film made by Walt Disney. Studio is fast-tracking the project that McG will direct.

Project is the latest pop culture notch in Marks’ belt after penning scripts for “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” “Voltron: Defender of the Universe,” “Street Fighter” and a Green Arrow actioner. First draft was penned by Bill Marsilii.

Sean Bailey (“Tron 2.0″) is producing with McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision. Jeanne Allgood serves as exec producer.

Disney hopes to make the film this year and is McG’s follow up to “Terminator: Salvation.”

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