I remember watching this when it first aired, it was horrible then and it is horrible now. For those who don't remember, the reason why this ends the way it does isn't because it is a movie with a planned but never made sequel. In-fact, this isn't a movie at all it is a pilot for a TV series that was never made because the pilot rated so horridly. And understandably so, Verne is IMHO (and the opinions of a good deal of other people) one of the great science fiction authors of all time. This pilot is a disgrace to the story, and a shameful attempt to score a buck based off the name of a classic and a vague concept rather than making any effort to bring an updated perspective while staying true to a stunning story. Even as bad made for TV adaptations go this is just plain bad. Unless you really want to waste your time and watch something really stupid avoid this at all costs. Go find a copy of the 1959 classic adaptation, or better yet pick up the novel and enjoy the story in it's original form.