For awhile now, there have been a couple of competing “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” adaptations on the docket. There’s one belonging to Disney had McG attached to direct at one point, but it was put on indefinite hold. Then David Fincher stepped in following Dick Cook’s Disney departure, with plans to direct the film based on a script from Scott Z. Burns. Fincher spoke to MTV’s Josh Horowitz at San Diego Comic-Con and he confirmed, in his typically verbose fashion, that things are continuing to move forward.
“We’re workin’!” Stop David… just stop. I can’t transcribe that quickly! Still, considering that the initial report on Disney’s “20,000 Leagues” project indicated that no deals had been made with Fincher, it’s something to at least hear that he is working on it.
And what is the appeal of this adaptation, Josh asked. “You know, the idea of doing a gigantic steampunk science fiction movie from 1873,” Fincher replied. “Kinda cool.”
And there you have it. David Fincher with a lot to say on “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” There is news here though: he’s still working on it!
But wait, there’s more! /Film spoke with Disney’s President of Production Sean Bailey at Comic-Con as well, and he had some things to say about the planned Jules Verne adaptation. “One of the great benefits of this job is I get to meet with filmmakers who I tremendously admire,” he said. “So to be able to sit down with David and have David say, ’Look, I’ve never really thought about Disney before, but I really want to try to do my Empire Strikes Back. And I think 20,000 Leagues is the title.’ It’s a thrilling conversation to be in.”
Bailey went on to speak a little bit on the director’s vision. “It’s a bold, you know, Fincher-esque take. It’s a bold, aggressive…It’s got some of the characters from the original. It’s got Land, it’s got Aronnax. It’s got Nemo, of course. But it’s kind of a bold way in.” Head over to /Film for the rest of Bailey’s comments.