The Return of Captain Nemo is a 1978 science fiction TV movie directed by Alex March and Paul Stader. It is loosely based on characters and settings from Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It was written by six writers including Robert Bloch.
In this version, Captain Nemo (played by José Ferrer) is found in suspended animation under the sea and revived by modern-day people in order to battle the King of Atlantis, who is under the control of a fiendish mad scientist played by Burgess Meredith.
The film was not aired as a movie, but rather was broken into three parts, expanded somewhat with about 45 minutes of additional footage over the three episodes, and became a very brief action series, sometimes described as a "miniseries" though it was not intended to be a miniseries, but rather the first story-arc in an ongoing series. Ratings were dismal, and the series never materialized. This was Irwin Allen's final foray into weekly science fiction television.