20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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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Gwyneth Paltrow Joins Soderbergh’s Contagion


Brief news on Contagion, the recently announced Steven Soderberg viral thriller penned by Scott Z. Burns. The film already has a hell of a cast: repeating Soderbergh star Matt Damon plus Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law are all in the lineup. Now Gwyneth Paltrow has joined as well, making this a cast that is sizable enough to span continents as a deadly virus spreads around the globe.

Burns and Soderbergh hatched the story while making The Informant!, and the script was inspired by the swine flu outbreak and discussions about “germs and how the nature of a virus could be used to deal with issues of sovereignty and as a metaphor for the way information and misinformation travel in contemporary society.”


Steven Soderbergh is putting off his Liberace biopic in favor of something with a little more heat and conventional appeal. Instead of Liberace, this fall Soderbergh will now shoot a script called Contagion by his The Informant! writer Scott Z. Burns. Said to be “an action-thriller about the outbreak of a deadly virus,” the script reportedly is constructed in a style much like that of Traffic. So expect several narrative strands that run parallel, with some of them finally (possibly) intertwining in some measure. Read More »