David Fincher to helm 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA adaptation

David Fincher

You really can’t go wrong when David Fincher is attached to a film.

That is why, if The Hollywood Reporter is to be believed, Disney’s upcoming take on the Jules Verne story, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, just became one film that I’m anxiously anticipating.

The outlet is reporting that, after approaching Disney executives with the hopes of helming one of the studio’s upcoming tentpole projects, he is now in talks to helm their formerly McG-led adaptation of the famous story. The film is set to be penned by Scott Burnes, writer of THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM and THE INFORMANT, and is drawing comparisons to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, in the tone and style of film Fincher is looking to craft.

This is a distinctly different step in the career of Fincher, who has made his name in starkly dark films like SE7EN and THE GAME. However, this will be his first real tentpole franchise directing gig since ALIEN 3, and he has become quite a different filmmaker. Personally, I can’t wait to see this film, but we may very well have to wait a bit, as Fincher has one hell of a packed slate.

He currently has THE SOCIAL NETWORK nearly complete, and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO still set to go into production. However, with the house of mouse being the force behind this film, we may be getting this sooner rather than later. I sure as hell hope so at least.

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Born in the tiny Michigan city known as Holland, and raised in the even smaller city known as Saugatuck, I have been a film geek for the majority of my life, and have known film was my passion ever since the final frame of THE LION KING. I’m a romantic with a thing for 60’s pop music (preferably French), John Keats poems, and an even bigger thing for film noir. Currently a Journalism Major at Grand Valley State University, I am using my love of film, and my deathly, ninja-like, skill behind the keyboard to slowly take over the world. When I’m not writing about or watching film, I’m listening to music, particularly from the likes of TV on the Radio, Best Coast, and Semi Precious Weapons. I play the ukulele, and I also have a deep and intense love for Gustavo Santaolalla and Ennio Morricone, but then again, who doesn’t. I was drum major for my high school marching band for two years, I’m one of the four people who actually watched Dollhouse, and my favorite film of all time is Godard’s BREATHLESS. I’m a wannabe screenwriter, a wild thing, a nerd, a geek, and most importantly, I’m a lover of film. Oh, and I want to be Captain Planet when I grow up.

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