David Fincher is Taking Over Disney's 20,000 Leagues Movie
by Alex Billington
May 15, 2010
Wow, I did not see this coming! THR is reporting that Disney is in negotations with David Fincher to direct their 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie that McG was attached to for a while before his iteration of the project was canceled late last year. Additionally, they say that screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant, Contagion) has been hired to write a fresh new take on the classic Jules Verne story about a vengeful scientific genius and his warlike submarine. Apparently Fincher has been developing this idea with Disney production head Sean Bailey after he was hired last year. Is this great news or what?
This is some of the most surprising industry news we've heard in a very long time. This also hits after we learned that Fincher was one of the first directors to ever be given final cut on his films at Sony, which is why we assumed he would stay and work at that studio for a while. THR says that, for the first time in his career, Fincher wanted "to tackle a four-quadrant tentpole movie." McG's version was shelved last year after Dick Cook left Disney, and it says "the dark tone of the McG version was a concern for the new regime." Even more exciting, apparently the 20,000 Leagues that Fincher and Burns are whipping up is "described as being in the vein of Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back. It will aim to be visually dazzling." Whoa!
Is Fincher about take a step to another level of brilliance? I thought he was already nearing the peak of his career with films like Fight Club and Zodiac, but with The Social Network coming up and 20,000 Leagues, it's like he's trying to step into Steven Spielberg's shoes and give him a run for his money. THR mentions that this won't be Fincher's very next project, he'll likely direct The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo US remake before diving into 20,000 Leagues at Disney. I've been a supporter and fan of Fincher for a long time and he's one of those directors I have complete confidence in, so this is awesome to hear! What do you think?