David Fincher Going ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’

David FincherSource: The Hollywood Reporter

After new Disney topper Rich Ross started sending projects into turnaround, pundits began wondering what his new direction for the Mouse House would be. Though punting McG from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea was a good idea, the film itself represented a wonderful opportunity to make a classic relevant (and profitable) once again. Luckily, with David Fincher at the helm it looks like we’ll be voyaging with Captain Nemo after all.

The Hollywood Reporter scoops that the Fight Club and Benjamin Button director will take over as navigator of the $150 million production, which will be scripted by Scott Z. Burns (The Informant!, The Bourne Ultimatum). Jules Verne’s time honored tale about a group of men who encounter a vengeful scientific genius and his warlike submarine was previously adapted by Disney in 1954 with Kirk Douglas starring.

Fincher, who is in post-production on The Social Network for Sony, will likely direct another film before boarding Disney’s big-budget redo. The move marks a change of pace for the filmmaker, who is known for dark subject matter a la Zodiac and Se7en and is a refreshing choice for such an important and potentially lucrative piece of work. Perhaps now, 20,000 Leagues will have some gravitas to go along with it’s dazzling action sequences.