The Master and Commander sequel to Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World never happened. And today in Otakukart, we are going to explore a few reasons behind that. Firstly, if you are not familiar with Master and Commander. It was a 2003 drama starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. Secondly, Master and Commander are a series of nautical epic novels of the Napoleonic era penned by the late English author Patrick O’Brien.
Peter Weir’s 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is set during the Napoleonic Wars. It follows Capt. Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe). A bold British captain who pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a powerful French war vessel across South America. Paul Bettany also appeared in the picture. Which grossed over $200 million worldwide and earned ten Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture.
Master and Commander sequel
20th Century aims to start a new project around the Master and Commander idea with Patrick Ness (who wrote A Monster Calls) as the writer who will adapt the Patric O’Brien books into a new script. Furthermore, the project has no new name nor a director, much less a release date. Moreover, we don’t know if Russell Crowe will reprise his role. Because the original was part of a large book series, the plan was always to adopt additional novels into films, but a second film never got off the ground.
This film will be based on the first novel in the series, which depicts a youthful Aubrey as he is granted his first command and also examines the beginnings of his relationship with his naval physician, Stephen Maturin (Bettany). Because this would be set in Aubrey’s early days. It’s probable that they’d cast fresh actors to portray Aubrey and Maturin. In the next section, we will tell you more about the original 2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World plot
During the Napoleonic Wars, the Captain Jack Aubrey of HMS Surprise was given the mission of intercepting the French privateer Acheron. Surprise is ambushed by Acheron off the coast of Brazil, inflicting significant damage while staying unharmed by British fire. To avoid being pursued, the ship’s boats pull Surprise into a fog bank. Surprise is no match for Acheron, according to Aubrey’s officers, and the pursuit should be called off. Aubrey replies that Acheron must not be permitted to raid the British whaling fleet and orders Surprise to be repaired at sea rather than returning to dock for extensive repairs.
Surprise follows the privateer south, rounding Cape Horn and heading to the Galápagos Islands, where Aubrey believes Acheron will prey on Britain’s whaling fleet. Stephen Maturin, the ship’s surgeon, is intrigued by the islands’ unusual flora and fauna, and Aubrey offers him several days of exploring time. When Surprise arrives at the Galápagos, they find the survivors of whaling shipwrecked by Acheron. Aubrey rushes after the privateer, dashing Maturin’s hopes for more time to explore.
Surprise has been paralyzed for many days. The crew grows agitated and unruly, and superstition takes root among them. Midshipman Hollom, who was already disliked by the crew, is dubbed a “Jonah” by the sailors. As the tension mounts, crewman Nagle purposefully knocks into Hollom as he passes him on the deck and is flogged for disobeying orders. That night, Hollom kills himself by leaping overboard with a cannonball; the following morning, Aubrey conducts a memorial ceremony for Hollom. Surprise continues the pursuit as the wind increases up.
The following day, Captain Howard of the Royal Marines tries to kill an albatross but instead strikes Maturin. The surgeon’s companion tells Aubrey that the bullet and a piece of fabric it took with it would fester if they were not removed quickly. He also suggests that the delicate surgery be carried out on land. Despite being close to Acheron, Aubrey transports the doctor back to the Galápagos. Maturin operates on himself in front of a mirror. Finally, abandoning the chase of the privateer. Aubrey allows Maturin to tour the Galápagos Islands and collect specimens before returning home. The doctor finds Acheron on the opposite side of the island while searching for a type of flightless cormorant. Maturin abandons the majority of his specimens and rushes to alert Aubrey. Surprise prepares for another fight.
Master and Commander ending explained
The Surprise must be at close quarters to harm Acheron because of her tougher hull. Aubrey disguises Surprise as a whaling ship after witnessing one of Maturin’s experiments’ camouflage abilities; he thinks the French will be drawn in to seize the expensive ship rather than destroy it. The Surprise begins her assault when Acheron falls for the ruse. With the guns’ rear wheels removed, the cannons are pointed upward and fire on Acheron’s mainmast as Captain Howard’s Marine sharpshooters pick out Acheron’s crew from above. When the mainmast breaks and falls into the water, Acheron is rendered inoperable. Aubrey commands boarding parties and engages in ferocious hand-to-hand warfare. When Aubrey captures the ship, the ship’s doctor informs him that the French Captain is dead, and he is handed the Captain’s sword.
Acheron and Surprise are repaired; although Surprise stays in the Galapagos, the captured Acheron is sent to Valparaiso. Maturin adds that their doctor died months ago as Acheron sails away. Aubrey gives the order to alter course to catch Acheron and accompany her to Valparaiso, realizing the French Captain had misled him by claiming to be the ship’s doctor. And for the men to take combat stations. Maturin is denied another opportunity to visit the Galapagos. But Aubrey observes cynically that since the bird he wants is flightless, “it’s not going away.”