Fincher Says His '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' Movie to be 70% CGI

August 12, 2011
Source: SlashFilm

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Despite all his recent work at Sony, David Fincher is indeed still lined up to direct Disney's new 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie, that he was attached to last year. Details have been vague and Fincher has mentioned it off and on, so we know he's still toying around with it. Well, SlashFilm just posted a clip from an Actors Studio Q&A at the Swedish Film Institute with Fincher, and he answers a question about 20,000 Leagues and potentially using performance/motion-capture, since that technology seems to be on the rise these days. Plus, Fincher is a technical CGI genius, as we all saw watching Benjamin Button come together.

Fincher's answer is intriguing because it makes it sound like they might actually be developing this more as a full-CGI movie, leaning more towards the direction of Avatar or Tintin than Apes. But I'll let you decide from what Fincher says, since it's somewhat vague and still very early in development anyway. He mentions:

"I would love to to something like that. I would love to do something probably more like Avatar than like Tintin. I like the idea of something that is a little more… complicated. [laughs] I love the idea of a 'cartoon', but I would like it to be something sort of very, very dense. And, in fact, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be probably 70% CG… I love motion capture and think its only in its infancy, and eventually there won't be a difference between motion capture and acting. Because that's all motion capture is, is being able to capture acting."

Indeed it is. Now if you would be so kind, Mr. Fincher, to influence Academy voters to nominate Andy Serkis for an Oscar this year, that would only help out the cause further. As we all sort of predicted at it walloped the box office, Avatar really is influencing Hollywood in big ways, and motion capture is on the rise. I have a feeling that Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is still a long ways off anyway, but I'm intrigued to know that this may be how it develops, as the next Avatar-like movie, with David frickin' Fincher at the helm. We'll have to wait and see, as Fincher is finishing up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo right now. They recorded video of Fincher talking, so if you want to check that out, watch it embedded below. Intrigued?

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So he is definitely not making an adaptation of the Black Hole comicbook? Or will he do that after he has done this movie? Or will another director take over instead of him?

Axel on Aug 12, 2011


I believe Joe Kosinski is doing Black Hole after he finishes the flick he's making with Tom Cruise.

Anonymous on Aug 13, 2011


Hi Axel, I know for a fact that Fincher has left the project because I asked Charles Burns about the progress of the adaption. Fincher was unhappy with the script causing both him and one of the writers to leave the project. At this point in time I'm not sure if any other director has been attached. Btw. Kasinski was set up to remake Disney's Black Hole as I recall. Completely unrelated to Charles Burns' graphic novel.

NW on Aug 13, 2011


Pardon, "Kosinski"

NW on Aug 13, 2011


Thank you for your responce. Hope someone will adapt this thing, it think it would make a great movie. It stumbled upon this short film based on it. It isn't that bad acually.

Axel Hanses on Aug 14, 2011


The short based on Black Hole was directed by a very talented commercial and short film director, Rupert Sanders. Right now he's making his big feature debut "Snow White and the Huntsman". Perhaps Rupert will make the feature film adaption of Black Hole. We'll know eventually...

NW on Aug 14, 2011


I'm just excited for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! I hope its not gonna be like TinTin but like Avatar, a realistic looking film. This movie needs to happen as well as The Fantastic Voyage (i hope.....the movie about taking a miniature submarine into the human body to locate/cure a disease). If they do this movie right, it should be a good film, especially if they make the giant squid an exact replica of the real monstrous squids.

Jake on Aug 12, 2011

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