US Release Date: November 14th, 2003
July 26th, 2003 -
December 26th, 2002 - After sadly neglecting the news site for some time, here is at least one worthy addition. The teaser trailer for the film has been released.
June 7th, 2002 - A cast member (he is supposed to be playing "Jack Nasty Face") has started an online diary of his experiences on the film shoot. if you can forgive his expletives and talk of strip clubs in the local area, you should be able to get some interesting tidbits.
June 6th, 2002 - Richard McCabe will play the part of Dr. Maturin's alcoholic assistant surgeon.
May 31st, 2002 - B.C. Men ship out for Crowe sea epic
May 29th, 2002 - According to Shmuk.com, Ian Mercer has been cast as Mr. Hollar. Also, rumor has it that Tommy Flanagan (played the vengeful husband in Braveheart and played opposite Crowe in Gladiator) has been cast.
May 7th, 2002 - Russell Crowe Told to Lose Flab for 'Far Side'.
April 30th, 2002 - 2,000 men pack casting call for sea saga
February 25th, 2002 - British actor Paul Bettany joins cast of The Far Side of the World.
February 14th, 2002 - Russell Crowe confirms casting in Swedish interview.
From the Swedish news site AftonBladet comes an interview where Russell Crowe confirms that he will indeed be in Weir's new film. The translated excerpt is as follows:February 9th, 2002 - $135 million dollars
From Variety comes mention that the budget for The Far Side of the World will be $135 million. This would easily make it Weir's most expensive film. (The Truman Show was budgeted at only $60 million.)
From the Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, comes news that the actors that came out to the Los Angeles casting calls did not fit Weir's vision of tired faces of 19th century and that the director has turned to Poland in hopes of finding the proper look there. The original article (in Polish) can be found at Gazeta Wyborcza. Meanwhile, here is a rough English translation courtesy of a member of the Peter Weir Mailing List:January 26th, 2002 - New film gets ready to set sail in Rosarito
January 18th, 2002 - Update on casting and HMS Rose en route to California for film preparations
According to Dark Horizons, Russell Crowe and Heath Ledger were both up for different roles (presumably Ledger would have played Maturin) but that the studio told Peter Weir that he could have Crowe OR Ledger but not both. So when Crowe came on, Heath Ledger was taken off the casting list and replaced with Ralph Fiennes.
According to the HMS Rose newsletter, the ship is heading to Puerto Rico for a few days of rest and repair before heading to the Panama Canal. The ship is said to have endured some fierce storms off the coast of South Carolina but emerged relatively unscathed.January 17th, 2002 - Russell Crowe rumored to be in talks to play Jack Aubrey. More casting calls
According to the New York Post gossip column and Australia's Sofcom News, Russell Crowe is to take on the role of Jack Aubrey in The Far Side of the World. Presumably this is the role previously rumored to be going to Heath Ledger.January 15th, 2002 - Casting for midshipmen in London.
Casting is supposed to be going on in London for 3 mishipmen, aged 13-15, for Peter Weir's film. Also, the film is to be a "huge budget movie" and that some of the great water tanks used for the making of Titanic will be used for the filming.November 19th - Peter Weir at the National Museum in Greenwich, London.
Peter Weir and his wife are said to have been visiting the museum to research various details for the upcoming film.November 13th - Studio go ahead and a new working title.
20th Century Fox has given the go-ahead for the film, under the working title of The Far Side of the World. The film is expected to be shot in Mexico. View entire article at Sydney Morning Herald.
Although www.thefarsideoftheworld.com still takes you to the Fox Movies site, www.masterandcommander.com no longer seems to exist. (Though it is still officially registered with Fox Movies.)
"Also on the horizon, Fox is eyeing a late-year production start for a Peter Weir-scripted adaptation of Patrick O'Brian's nautical novel Master and Commander, with Weir directing the story of a British Royal Naval Officer given command of a ship during the Napoleonic War."
Although "Master and Commander" is the working title of the film, it appears that much of the story will be drawn from "The Far Side of the World", which is book #10 in the series. (Note: www.thefarsideoftheworld.com takes you to the Fox Movies web site. None of the other titles have been registered for domain names yet.)
"Rose has been cast to play the role of HMS Surprise in a forthcoming major motion picture... It means that the ship will be taking a sabbatical from sail training this year. Although it may seem an unfortunate development to her many supporters from schools, colleges, universities and the general public they'll be pleased to know that when Rose returns to her education mission she will be a vastly improved ship. Modifications and improvements scheduled to begin soon should include new decks, sails, running rigging, engines, bow & stern decoration improvements and more."March 27th, 2001 - Heath Ledger (who played Mel Gibson's son in The Patriot) is supposedly in talks for one of the roles in the film.
March 25th, 2001 - The Rose was never truly appreciated
March 24th, 2001 - Most want Rose to stay
March 24th, 2001 - Goodbye Rose: Filmmaker pays
$1.5 million for Bridgeport Frigate
August 27th, 2000 - An article from Ain't it Cool News basically says the following: Peter Weir came aboard the Rose in Halifax for two meetings with Captain Bailey. Bailey was informed that Weir was scouting ships for an O'Brian film and that the Rose topped his list. Filming will take place next summer.
August 10th, 2000 - Peter Weir may set sail with
August 2nd, 2000 - FILM:
Peter Weir's Voyage