The live-action project has not been officially confirmed.
The main character of the original “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” was Milo Thatch, voiced by Michael J. Fox. The film was directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, with a screenplay by Tab Murphy.
It was released in 2001 and grossed $186 million worldwide, making it somewhat of a box office failure. Disney even had a roller coaster attraction in development based on the film, but due to the film’s lukewarm reception, plans were ultimately shelved. Over the years, however, the movie gained a cult following thanks to its animation style, which was largely based on the drawings of Mike Mignola, the same artist that created Hellboy. Also created for the film was a unique “Atlantean” language, developed by the man behind Star Trek’s Klingon language, Marc Okrand.
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The movie was an action-packed epic, making it a solid choice for a live-action adaptation. Moving away from songs and musicals is something Disney did with the live-action adaptation of Mulan, a choice likely made due to mixed reviews for singing performances featured in other recent live-action remakes like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
Set in 1914, Atlantis: The Lost Empire tells the story of a young cartographer and linguist named Milo Thatch, who gains possession of a sacred book which he believes will guide him and a crew of mercenaries to the lost city of Atlantis. Milo and the unlikely team of adventurers — some with ulterior motives — set off to find the ancient civilization, which they then find is not extinct after all.