Disney’s ‘Nautilus’ Series Finds New Home on AMC
Fans looking forward to seeing the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea prequel series Nautilus stream on Disney+ were disappointed last August when Disney announced that despite the fact that the series was completed, it would not be arriving on Disney+.
The 10-episode series was yet another victim of Disney’s streaming pivot, which saw the company slash costs wherever possible.
The Series Was Commissioned By Disney
Nautilus was initially commissioned by Disney+ in 2021 when the streaming boom was in full swing. At the time, Disney was hell-bent on gaining subscribers and was willing to spend billions on content to do so.
Fast-forward to 2023 and the streaming environment is drastically different. With Wall Street now hyperfocused on profitability, companies like Disney have increasingly looked for ways to cut costs.
Just this year alone, Disney has removed many of its original series and specials, sometimes just weeks after they debuted on Disney+. The company has subsequently announced that it was taking an impairment charge of approximately $1.5 to $1.8 billion from removed content.
Nautilus Finds A Home
Like The Spiderwick Chronicles, Nautilus was pre-emptively canceled by Disney, before the show ever aired.
Luckily for fans, The Spiderwick Chronicles subsequently found a home on Roku, and now Nautilus has likewise found a landing spot.
Today, AMC announced that Nautilus will air on AMC and AMC+ in 2024. While an exact premiere date has yet to be announced, the company seemed thrilled with its new acquisition.
“’Nautilus’ is a big, sweeping drama that is sure to appeal to fans of our Anne Rice Immortal Universe and other buzzy and fan-forward series like ‘Orphan Black: Echoes,’” said Ben Davis, executive vice president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “We are looking forward to bringing it to AMC+ and AMC as a special television event next year.”
The Story of Captain Nemo
Nautilus stars Shazat Latif as Captain Nemo. The series will explore the captain’s life before 20,000 League Under the Sea and describes him as “an Indian Prince robbed of his birthright and family, a prisoner of the East India Mercantile Company, and a man bent on revenge against the forces that have taken everything from him.”
“We are so thrilled to present the epic adventures of Captain Nemo and his legendary submarine The Nautilus alongside the other incredible AMC universes,” said producers Xavier Marchand and Anand Tucker. “The series will take viewers on a breathtaking journey with Nemo and his crew. Battling terrifying creatures and the dark forces of the British Empire.”
While some fans will likely be disappointed that Nautilus will not be on Disneey+, in the end, the show will air, and that is a win.
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