Well color me more than shocked.
It looks like modern day legend, and Criterion stamped filmmaker, David Fincher is set to helm one of the more hotly anticipated tentpole projects coming down the pipeline. THR is reporting that the filmmaker is currently in talks with Disney to helm the studio’s upcoming adaptation of the Jules Verne story, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
The deal reportedly came up after Fincher approached the studio with eyes on helming a big tentpole franchise that the studio is currently set to put into production. 20,000 Leagues is being penned by Scott Burnes, writer of The Bourne Ultimatum, and while the film was originally set to be helmed by McG, it looks like the project is getting a complete revamping, and I have to say, thank you Disney.
With his slate rather packed, this may still be a bit of a ways off, but with it being Disney, they may want this thing to get into production quick, and I am hoping that’s the case. Fincher is an amazing filmmaker, who has not only seen the Criterion ‘C’ slapped on his latest effort, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, but is also a perfect choice to take on an epic story like this. It’s far from his darker fair, which is what he’s made his career on, and will be his first real tentpole project, at least since Alien 3. I can’t wait to see what he does with this project.
[Note from the editor: I’ve listed all of the films David Fincher is attached to, to put this piece of news in context.]