Ryan Reynolds might soon star in a Disney live-action remake of Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The Deadpool star is reportedly considering taking the role of Commander Lyle Tiberius Rourke in the planned film based on a 2001 animated movie.
According to We Got This Covered, Disney is taking steps to court Ryan Reynolds for the live-action role. The report was also confirmed by scooper and Disney insider Daniel Richtman on his Patreon channel.
Disney, however, hasn’t commented on the reports as talks and negotiations are still likely underway. Reynolds might not even sign on, considering he’s got a dozen other projects on his plate. The majority of the busy actor’s movies haven’t started filming due to COVID-19.
An underrated Disney movie
Atlantis: The Lost Empire takes place in the early 1900s, where a young man discovers a book that he thinks will lead him to the lost city. The animated film was more appealing to an older audience because of its story, but Disney is planning a fresh take that will appeal to new viewers.
The animation had the benefit of a perfect voice cast led by Michael J. Fox. as Milo James Thatch. James Garner voiced the character that Ryan Reynolds will apparently play in the live-action film.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire also had an excellent script. The story’s mystical tone and mythology made this film interesting to watch, especially for history and science fiction buffs. Although it received criticisms for its anti-capitalism undertones, other critics saw the movie as an easy comparison to the musings of science fiction writer H.G. Wells.
Someone with Reynolds’ star power could turn this movie into a box office success as a live-action. This was an underrated Disney film that didn’t rake well at the box office in 2001. But it developed a cult following over the years.
Spinoff TV show and sequel plans
Disney actually planned to do a TV show based on Atlantis: The Lost Empire if it didn’t bomb at the box office. Director Kirk Wise also revealed to Collider that they had a follow-up movie in the drawing board.
” [We] actually concocted an idea for a sequel to Atlantis. It had no relation to the Atlantis TV series that was being developed at Disney Television Animation. This was a feature-length, full-on, full-blown sequel.”
Wise went on to say that they were planning to introduce a Darth Vader-type villain, who will be unmasked as Helga Sinclair. The character had little exposure in the animated movie, but her whole presence had been a mystery.
However, since it’s been nearly two decades, the House of Mouse might feel that the time is right to revisit the story of Atlantis in a different format. But first, the studio has to land Ryan Reynolds.
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