In November Disney halted production on their remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which was to be directed by Terminator Salvation director McG. The film was said to be an origin story for the central character, Captain Nemo, as he builds his warship, the Nautilus.
There hasn’t been any signs of life from the project in months and it was looking likely that it was being sent back to the watery depths of development hell, however the man who made Brad Pitt wrinkly in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button may have caused the Nautilus to resurface.
Months after deep-sixing a McG-helmed version of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Disney is in negotiations with David Fincher to direct, and hot “Bourne Ultimatum” scribe Scott Z. Burns to write, a new take on the classic Jules Verne story.
The project came together after Fincher approached Disney’s new production head Sean Bailey a few weeks into his job this winter. The Oscar-nominated helmer wanted to tackle a four-quadrant tentpole movie, somewhat of a departure from the dark, R-rated dramas such as “Fight Club” and “Zodiac” (or even “Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) that he’s done in the past.
The project was being developed under the radar as Bailey settled into his position under new studio topper Rich Ross, then gained steam in the past few days with Fincher and Burns entering talks for deals.
Nothing more is known at the moment, however HeatVision say it is described as being in the vein of Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back and will aim to be visually dazzling.
What do you think about the man behind Fight Club and Button taking on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?