AMC Networks Acquires Disney’s Nautilus


AMC Networks has picked up the U.S. and Canadian linear and streaming rights to Disney Entertainment’s Nautilus, inspired by Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

The live-action series will air on AMC and AMC+ as a special television event in 2024. It details the origin story of the iconic Captain Nemo, 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.

Nautilus stars Shazad Latif, Georgia Flood, Thierry Fremont and Céline Menville, with guest appearances from Richard E. Grant, Anna Torv and Noah Taylor.

The series is written and executive produced by James Dormer, with Michael Matthews serving as lead director. It is developed and produced by Moonriver TV’s Xavier Marchand and Seven Stories’s Anand Tucker. Additional executive producers are Johanna Devereaux, Chris Loveall, Colleen Woodcock and Daisy Gilbert. Cameron Welsh also serves as producer.

The adventure adaptation is supported by the Australian Government’s Location Incentive and the Queensland Government via Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy. Disney Entertainment is handling distribution.

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 VP 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.”

Marchand, CEO of Moonriver, and Tucker, CEO of Seven Stories, commented, “We are so thrilled to present the epic adventures of Captain Nemo and his legendary submarine The Nautilus alongside the other incredible AMC universes. 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.”

“I am hugely excited that the efforts of everyone involved in the making of the show will be seen on such a prestigious network,” Dormer added.