There has been talk for years now of a new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic 19th century sci-fi novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” First McG was supposed to do it, but that package fell by the wayside. Now Disney has a three month hold on David Fincher for the project, which means they’ll have to decide soon if they want to go ahead with it.Andrew Kevin Walker is rewriting a script by Scott J. Burns.
And here’s something that might help the studio make that decision–according to Variety, Fincher wants Brad Pitt to star in it. The two have worked together on “Seven,” “Fight Club,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” so there’s a relationship there that may make it possible.
“20,000 Leagues” is about a group sent to investigate a series of mysterious ship wrecks supposedly caused by a dangerous whale. They’re led by Ned Land, an experienced whaler. The source of the wrecks isn’t a whale, though, but a submarine led by the brilliant megalomaniac Captain Nemo, who takes them captive.
Supposedly Fincher wants Pitt for the role of Land, played by Kirk Douglas in the 1954 version of the book. I’d rather see him as Nemo–he’s old enough and it’s a fun part. Leave Ned Land to some younger pretty boy type.
We’ll see what happens–I can imagine Disney wrangling over the budget until this falls apart completely.
Pitt will next be seen in “Killing Me Softly.”