Welcome back! How was your Thanksgiving? Get into any arguments with racist grandparents? How much stuffing and gravy did you eat? That much?!? Oh, you! You're so crazy!
I spent most of my Thanksgiving finishing up as much of the Holiday Gift Guide as I could (click here to visit if you missed it). It's still a work in progress, but the massive Books section is going up very, very soon and Music is shortly behind it. We should have the full guide completely finished and posted in a couple of days, so stay tuned for that.
I'm taking a break from the Guide to share with you something that caught my eye on Twitter. Russell Crowe tweeted this interesting thing this morning:
"For the Aubrey Maturin lovers, I do hear whispers indeed that a second voyage is perhaps potentially pre-proposed a possibility. So O’Brian affectionate’s and aficionados, let know of your pleasure."
He's referring to a sequel to Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which was a GREAT movie. Straight up. If you missed it, fix that immediately. It's a Napoleonic era war movie, but it's not at all stodgy. In fact it plays more like a thriller as French and British naval captains play cat and mouse with each other on the high seas.
The movie was based on Patrick O'Brian's popular book series following Captain Jack Aubrey, who Crowe played.
Master and Commander was loved by critics and was a moderate success, but not a blockbuster, so a sequel was thought out of the question. The material is there, but studios don't tend to enjoy spending tons of money on a movie where they know they'll fight to just break even.
Crowe's tweet doesn't mean too much. He could be trying to rally public support as a negotiation tactic in advance of a big pitch, but if he's right and Fox is open to the idea that could be great news, especially if they can get Peter Weir back in the director's chair.
Next year marks the 15th anniversary of this film's release, which is crazy. Maybe Crowe's aged out of the role, but I must admit I'd be excited to see this team get back together and make another classy, intense high-seas adventure.