Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
Some 16 years after they wowed critics and audiences alike with the serial killer pic Se7en, director David Fincher is set to reunite with screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker. But those hoping for another dark, twisted thriller probably shouldn’t hold their breaths — the project they’ll be collaborating on is Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which Fincher has been attached to since last year.
Inspired (but not too closely) by the classic Jules Verne tale, the 3D adventure centers around the determined Captain Nemo of the Nautilus, marine biologist Pierre Aronnax, and harpoonist Ned Land. Or at least it did in its last draft. More details after the jump.
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In May of last year, we started hearing that David Fincher might direct Disney’s new version of the classic Jules Verne tale 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, about three men who find themselves ‘rescued’ by Captain Nemo, pilot of the high-tech and very secret submarine the Nautilus. Several new versions have been developed in the wake of Disney’s 1954 film, and David Fincher reportedly approached Disney about taking on the film; he was officially hired last December.
The last time we heard anything about the film was thanks to brief comments from Fincher himself, who said Leagues “will be probably 70% CG.” Now the screenwriter, Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), is talking a bit about the project, saying that he and Fincher have jettisoned a good many particulars from the Verne novel. Read More »
David Fincher is a forward-thinking kind of guy. In the ’90s, when digital effects were still relatively young, he put CGI to work in Alien 3, and heavily used digital images to journey through the brain (and the apartment) of Tyler Durden in Fight Club. He has embraced digital cinematography and the various benefits it provides, and employed such extensive CGI work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button that the skinny version of young Steve Rogers in Captain America is referred to by many as the Ben Button version of Chris Evans.
So it is no surprise to hear that he would be interested in performance capture, and that his version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea might be primarily created in computer workstations. We’ve known of his attachment to the project for a few months, but other than the fact that it will be 3D, we haven’t heard much from the director at all about his Jules Verne adaptation/remake. But at a Q&A not long ago, he mentioned the project briefly, and those comments are after the break. Read More »
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David Fincher is doing a little work promoting the DVD release of The Social Network, and he sat down for an hour-long interview with Collider. There is some very detailed technical talk about the daily work of using multiple takes to build a scene — great stuff for the hardcore film nerds — and then mentions of future projects like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the long-in-development Rendezvous With Rama and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Read More »
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Back in May, we wrote that Disney had approached David Fincher to direct an remake of the classic 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. At the time they were still in “negotiations.” Well, according to the Los Angeles Times, Disney has now confirmed that David Fincher is “working on” 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Actually, Fincher is currently “working on” Sony’s remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo but once that film is done (it’ll be released next Christmas) and the screenplay by Scott Z. Burns is up to par, it seems like this could be next on the award-winning director’s dance card.
What do you think a David Fincher 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea will look like?
Update: Apparently this story isn’t completely accurate. MTV informs us that they have removed the story because Randall Wallace did script work on the McG version of 20,000 Leagues, but that project is dead. The Fincher is something totally different…
Few upcoming projects have quite the promise that Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea does, and much of that is due to it having David Fincher at the helm. If ever there were a director capable of delivering the visual splendor, attention to detail, and focused intensity and excitement that a tale like Jules Verne‘s classic deserves, it’s Fincher.
And between claims that Fincher wants 20,000 Leagues to be his Empire Strikes Back and this latest update from co-writer Randall Wallace, the likelihood of that promise being realized continues to grow. Read More »
We’ve wondered for quite some time what film Timur Bekmambetov might direct next. At one point, it seemed like he would follow his last movie, Wanted, with a direct sequel. But that is taking time to come together, and recently his prioritites have shifted to adapting the novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which he is also producing with Tim Burton. Now the director confirms that as his next effort, while offering updates on quite a few other projects to which he’s been linked. Read More »
While at Comic-Con, I had a chance to interview producer turned Disney President of Production Sean Bailey about the highly anticipated 3D sci-fi sequel Tron: Legacy. I talked with Sean about his recent rise to power at Disney, returning to Comic-Con for three years with one film, del Toro’s Haunted Mansion, the possibility of a Tron ride at Disneyland, screening a rough cut of Tron Legacy for David Fincher, Pixar creatives and Ben Affleck, how a Lightjet flys and David Fincher’s vision for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. After the jump I’ve included a full transcript and the original flip video recording.
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