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 »

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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?

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

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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.”

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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 »

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