Mick Garris on

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Distributor Buena Vista `1954

Fans who saw this as children count this elaborate Jules Verne adaptation as one of their greatest movie experiences. Walt Disney’s first all-live-action production was a considerable gamble for his studio but became a huge hit and won Oscars for art direction and special effects. Disney won an Emmy for the hour-long making-of ABC TV special promoting the movie, probably the first time an extended commercial won such an award. Disney got former competitor Max Fleischer’s ok before hiring son Richard to direct.

About Mick Garris

Mick Garris produced and directed a segment for Nightmare Cinema, the spine-tingling horror event of the summer. Previously, Mick created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself.  Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series. Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link! Mick’s recent books “Snow Shadows,” “Tyler’s Third Act,” “Ugly” and “SALOME” are now out from Cemetery Dance. Mick also executive produced Unbroken for Universal Pictures, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing