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Russell Crowe wants you to convince Fox to make a Master and Commander sequel

12.07.2010

Russell Crowe wants to film a sequel to one of his movies but it's not GLADIATOR 2, THE NEXT FOUR DAYS or 3:11 TO YUMA that he's pushing. Instead, Crowe took to his Twitter account yesterday to convince his 110,000 followers to contact 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman and ask for a sequel to MASTER AND COMMANDER. Said Crowe on his @RussellCrowe account: "If you want a Master and Commander sequel I suggest you e-mail Tom Rothman at Fox and let him know your thoughts."

It may seem an unlikely candidate for a sequel as it's a good-enough but mostly forgettable film, but it did rack up 10 Oscar nominations and gross over $200 million worldwide. And in fairness, if those stats were for a movie about aliens or a dude in tights fighting crime, the sequel would've been greenlit a long time ago.

For his part, director Peter Weir told the Seattle Times back in 2005 that a sequel was "most unlikely" and that "while it did well ... ish at the box office, it didn't generate that kind of monstrous, rapid income that provokes a sequel."

So where did Russell Crowe get the enthusiasm for a MASTER sequel? Not really clear. He wasn't provoked into the possibility on Twitter, he just posted rather randomly.

Most people don't have Tom Rothman's e-mail address (and I'm certainly not going to provide it here) but the official Fox Movies Twitter feed picked up on the response and posted the following response: Getting a lot of tweets about Master & Commander sequel, I'll look into it (I'd love one, too, but as you all know a LOT goes into it.)

Still seems unlikely on all accounts (the movie cost over $150 million) but I suppose you never know what a bunch of Crowe fans can accomplish when they put their minds e-mails to it.

Extra Tidbit: You could always just go watch THE WAY BACK, Weir's first film since MASTER AND COMMANDER.
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8:48AM on 12/08/2010
Master is a great movie, his performance is up there with Gladiator and Cinderella Man. I know theres a few books by this author, why not do another one it was successful enough. God knows there's enough crap out there that gets a sequal.
Master is a great movie, his performance is up there with Gladiator and Cinderella Man. I know theres a few books by this author, why not do another one it was successful enough. God knows there's enough crap out there that gets a sequal.
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8:46AM on 12/08/2010

On the uproll. . . FIRE!

I want all cell phones treble-shotted with tweets! Let us waste not a minute!
I want all cell phones treble-shotted with tweets! Let us waste not a minute!
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1:24AM on 12/08/2010

Not Just A Sequel

It needs to be said again, the film was based on three books in a wonderful series of twentyone! With any justice in this world, we would have six films in the works.
It needs to be said again, the film was based on three books in a wonderful series of twentyone! With any justice in this world, we would have six films in the works.
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12:35AM on 12/08/2010

For England, For Home, and For the Prize

Even if it's a long shot, this is great news. Peter Weir's Master and Commander was a great take on Patrick O'Brian's even better Aubrey/Maturin series, and I'd love to see a few more French ships devastated by broadsides. Huzzah.
Even if it's a long shot, this is great news. Peter Weir's Master and Commander was a great take on Patrick O'Brian's even better Aubrey/Maturin series, and I'd love to see a few more French ships devastated by broadsides. Huzzah.
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12:28AM on 12/08/2010

For England, For Home, and For the Prize

Even if it's a long shot, this is great news. Peter Weir's Master and Commander was a great take on Patrick O'Brian's even better Aubrey/Maturin series, and I'd love to see a few more French ships devastated by broadsides. Huzzah.
Even if it's a long shot, this is great news. Peter Weir's Master and Commander was a great take on Patrick O'Brian's even better Aubrey/Maturin series, and I'd love to see a few more French ships devastated by broadsides. Huzzah.
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8:37PM on 12/07/2010
I would prefer to see this over half the sequels currently in production. It was my second favorite Crowe performance, after Gladiator.
I would prefer to see this over half the sequels currently in production. It was my second favorite Crowe performance, after Gladiator.
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8:09PM on 12/07/2010

More, please!

At first, I didn't want to see nor like the movie because it was a direct competitor of "Return Of The King" during the Oscars. But then I watched and loved it! So, yes, I want to see more! I love nautical warfare strategies and the subject of evolution (which the movie touched very lightly), on top of that the main actors are first-rate! Throw in Jennifer Connelly and make it a "Beautiful Mind" reunion! :)

How can we contact this guy from FOX?
At first, I didn't want to see nor like the movie because it was a direct competitor of "Return Of The King" during the Oscars. But then I watched and loved it! So, yes, I want to see more! I love nautical warfare strategies and the subject of evolution (which the movie touched very lightly), on top of that the main actors are first-rate! Throw in Jennifer Connelly and make it a "Beautiful Mind" reunion! :)

How can we contact this guy from FOX?
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4:55PM on 12/07/2010

What?

I can't even get FX to uncancel Terriers! How the hell am I going to get them to make this?
I can't even get FX to uncancel Terriers! How the hell am I going to get them to make this?
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3:41PM on 12/07/2010
I loved the first and knew that it was supposed to have a sequel so I would very much like this to happen. Like all of Weir's films, it doesn't get nearly as much appreciation as it deserves. I also know that Crowe has a huge love for the character and that's always a good thing.

Unfortunately, isn't Weir retiring after The Way Back? So it will either be made without him or or it won't be made. I'm not really sure but I think I'd rather them not bother if Weir won't come back.

BTW,
I loved the first and knew that it was supposed to have a sequel so I would very much like this to happen. Like all of Weir's films, it doesn't get nearly as much appreciation as it deserves. I also know that Crowe has a huge love for the character and that's always a good thing.

Unfortunately, isn't Weir retiring after The Way Back? So it will either be made without him or or it won't be made. I'm not really sure but I think I'd rather them not bother if Weir won't come back.

BTW, Bettany is a phenomenal actor. Consistently great, varied, and compelling. Sort of like my namesake. He was such a badass in Gangster No. 1. I'd love to see him play not-Darwin again.
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12:35AM on 12/08/2010
You're spot on about Bettany, I think he's a really underrated actor, and the "Not-Darwin" character, Dr. Maturin, is actually the more interesting of the two leads in the Aubrey/Maturin series that I would love to see him play again (in the novels, Maturin uses his naturalist status to do intelligence work to help sabotage Napoleon for the British government. Badass). Anyway, hopefully something will come of this.
You're spot on about Bettany, I think he's a really underrated actor, and the "Not-Darwin" character, Dr. Maturin, is actually the more interesting of the two leads in the Aubrey/Maturin series that I would love to see him play again (in the novels, Maturin uses his naturalist status to do intelligence work to help sabotage Napoleon for the British government. Badass). Anyway, hopefully something will come of this.
2:33PM on 12/07/2010
Love Russell Crowe. Love Master and Commander. Love Peter Weir...Generally I love great filmmaking and this combo did it. They should be given the chance to do it again.
Love Russell Crowe. Love Master and Commander. Love Peter Weir...Generally I love great filmmaking and this combo did it. They should be given the chance to do it again.
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2:00PM on 12/07/2010

Sign me up captain!

I thoroughly enjoyed the first film. From what I'm told, there is a wealth of novels to pull ideas for a sequel from. Hopefully they decide there is a market for a film like this and get on board...but I wouldn't bet on it. Shame.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first film. From what I'm told, there is a wealth of novels to pull ideas for a sequel from. Hopefully they decide there is a market for a film like this and get on board...but I wouldn't bet on it. Shame.
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12:23PM on 12/07/2010
It's an okay movie, but I'd rather see a "Robin Hood 2", if they have to make a sequel to any of Crowe's films.
It's an okay movie, but I'd rather see a "Robin Hood 2", if they have to make a sequel to any of Crowe's films.
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11:08AM on 12/07/2010
I didn't read any of O'Brian's books, and I know they did a mash-up of a couple of them to make that movie. But since there's no shortage of material to delve into, and whether or not Bttany outshined Crowe, it's the last role I really dug Crowe in. But only if Peter Weir were up for doing it. That there is even the hint of a campaign to sequelize it is inspiring.
I didn't read any of O'Brian's books, and I know they did a mash-up of a couple of them to make that movie. But since there's no shortage of material to delve into, and whether or not Bttany outshined Crowe, it's the last role I really dug Crowe in. But only if Peter Weir were up for doing it. That there is even the hint of a campaign to sequelize it is inspiring.
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10:31AM on 12/07/2010
I love all of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels and it would be great to see Crowe and Bettany in those roles again. Seafaring tales are generally not a cash cow, though, so it will most likely never happen. Guess I'll be stuck watching Johnny Depp struggle bravely to hold up an already bloated and overdone franchise instead.
I love all of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels and it would be great to see Crowe and Bettany in those roles again. Seafaring tales are generally not a cash cow, though, so it will most likely never happen. Guess I'll be stuck watching Johnny Depp struggle bravely to hold up an already bloated and overdone franchise instead.
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9:52AM on 12/07/2010
It was an alright movie, i enjoyed Paul Bentney more then Crowe though. Though it is hilarious that i didn't win a single Oscar cause it was up against Return of the King in pretty much every category, heh.
It was an alright movie, i enjoyed Paul Bentney more then Crowe though. Though it is hilarious that i didn't win a single Oscar cause it was up against Return of the King in pretty much every category, heh.
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8:14PM on 12/07/2010
actually it won two or three, i know it won for cinematography and i think it won one or two more
actually it won two or three, i know it won for cinematography and i think it won one or two more
9:45AM on 12/07/2010
Yes, please.
Yes, please.
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9:31AM on 12/07/2010

Fantasic movie but....

...it doesn't need a sequel and neither does GLADIATOR. Both are outstanding films on their own and don't need to be carried further.

By the way, why haven't they fired that stupid fuck Rothman yet? I can't believe he's still there after all these years and so many fuck-ups.
...it doesn't need a sequel and neither does GLADIATOR. Both are outstanding films on their own and don't need to be carried further.

By the way, why haven't they fired that stupid fuck Rothman yet? I can't believe he's still there after all these years and so many fuck-ups.
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