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?
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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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While at Comic-Con, I had a chance to ask producer turned Disney President of Production Sean Bailey about the recently announced David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) helmed 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Find out what Bailey said after the jump.
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File this one under the “it came out of no where” department: Walt Disney Pictures has hired David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. You didn’t see that one coming, did you? Fincher doing a four-quadrant family action movie for Disney?
Apparently, Fincher has developed a new take on the franchise with Bourne Ultimatum/The Informant! scribe Scott Z. Burns, which “will aim to be visually dazzling” and is being described as “being in the vein of Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back.”
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Today, eFX Collectibles will begin accepting orders for their four-foot replica of Capt. Nemo’s Nautilus, inspired by Disney’s 1954 live-action version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This is the first of three replicas which will be offered in eFX’s new Disney line.
This four-foot replica of the Nautilus offers features not incorporated in any previous model of the iconic submarine. Produced at approximately 1/45th scale, the replica features finely detailed interior views of the wheelhouse and Capt. Nemo’s salon, as well as LED lights to illuminate those rooms and the circular salon observation window.
In addition to a removable skiff, the Nautilus incorporates a freely rotating propeller and pivoting rudder, and includes a custom display stand. Each Nautilus will have a numbered plaque and certificate of authenticity, and production will be strictly limited to 500 pieces worldwide.
But the Nautilus won’t come cheap, with a price tag of $1,799. All orders for the Nautilus placed prior to December 31, 2009, will receive a special early pre-order price of $1,699, and will also receive a special certificate, suitable for framing, on a reproduction of the Disney Studios stationery used during the film’s production in 1954. Shipping is anticipated to take place in spring 2010. More photos and details on eFX’s other upcoming Disney replicas can be found after the jump.
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