Fincher Wants Brad Pitt in Disney's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'
When a director is about to embark on a big budget blockbuster and needs to get butts in seats, there are only a handful of big names to turn to that might do the trick. Brad Pitt is near the top of that list, and while it would likely just be a pipe dream for an up-and-coming director to work with one of the world's biggest stars, this case is a bit different. According to Variety, Frequent Pitt collaborator David Fincher has his sights set on the leading man to star in his remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which has been set up at Disney for years but has not been given an official greenlight from the Mouse House quite yet.
Disney has put Fincher on a three month hold to consider their options (and see a script from Steve Zailian, the writer of Moneyball and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and decide whether or not this is the right time to push this project forward, so at least we'll be hearing one way or another about this one soon and it won't be left floundering in development hell. Pitt is being eyed for the role of Ned Land, a harpoon master aboard the massive submarine the Nautilus, while "an older A-List star will likely play" the infamous Captain Nemo. Considering their previous collaborations, the scope of this project, and the fact that Fincher was at one point going to direct Cleopatra starring Pitt's wife Angelina Jolie (who is also starring in a big budget film for Disney, Maleficent), these pieces could fall into place very soon. Stay tuned.