Fincher To Remake “20,000 Leagues”

Well, looks like David Fincher’s schedule is getting busy – albeit with a new job many never expected. Disney is in negotiations with the “Fight Club” and “Zodiac” helmer to direct a new take on the classic Jules Verne story “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” says Heat Vision.

A few months back the studio scrapped a previous $150 million prequel adaptation in development with McG at the helm, making it one of the most visible victims of the post-Dick Cook regime change. Now it seems they’re moving forward with the property in a different form – one that they’re in talks with Scott Z. Burns (“The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Informant”) to write.

According to the site, the resurrection came via Fincher himself who approached the studio with the desire to do a “four-quadrant tentpole movie”, a sharp contrast from his resume of mostly dark adult dramas and thrillers. The project was then developed quietly until the last few days when talks with Burns and Fincher became inevitably public, and is being described as an epic on a “Star Wars”-esque level.

Timing wise though it’s likely the film won’t get into production until well into next year, leaving Fincher time to shoot another film beforehand – most likely “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” remake.