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Will Russell Crowe return for a Master and Commander sequel?

Russell Crowe is in negotiations to reprise his role as Jack Aubrey, the British captain in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.


The 2003 movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won two (cinematography and sound effects editing). It was released the same year as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which swept all 11 of its nominations leaving only two remaining awards for the Crowe starrer. It earned $212 million worldwide during its theatrical run.


The first movie was based on several books from the 20-novel series written by Patrick O’Brian based on adventures at sea during the Napoleonic Wars. A script has been written for another film based on the eleventh book “The Reverse of the Medal.” Discussions are taking place to acquire the rights from the owner (O’Brian died in 2000).


“The Reverse of Medal,” published in 1986, centers on Aubrey sailing in the Caribbean on his ship, the HMS Surprise. While there he meets his illegitimate son Samuel Panda, a Catholic priest born from an illicit liaison.


Crowe has no officially signed until the logistics are worked out by the studio, but he indicated to the Associated Press it was “one of the projects he’s considering.”