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From 'Social Network' to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' David Fincher Confirmed to Direct

In May, Disney confirmed that Jule's Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been placed on hold due to the director McG, moving off of the project.  Since that time, Disney has always been interested in David Fincher helming the project, but he has resisted until today.  

Jon Favreau confirms that Fincher is officially on board to direct 20,000 Leagues and signed off on a script by Scott Burns who also wrote Bourne Ultimatum.  The project will be a massive undertaking for Disney who is ready to spend over $150 million to make it one of the most visually impressive films Disney has ever released.  

After watching the Social Network (he also did Fight Club), I'm signing up for anything David Fincher is directing.  It's clear that he's spent the last six months really diving into the script and looking at re-iterations to make sure that it's something he's proud to put his name behind.  No release date has been set, but if I'm a betting man, I'd say it'll release early 2013 at the earliest due to the budget.


Reader Comments (4)

Cool. I've been looking forward to this remake for a long time.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Fancher

I'm hoping this is a technically and realistically modern iteration of Verne's adventure as that would be something to stand on it's own apart from ALL the other versions.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

"He also did 'Fight Club' " oh and George Lucas Directed "Star Wars" lets not forget Fincher's Resume "Alien 3" which he basically disavows followed by "Se7en" 1995's best film & Morgan Freeman should've been nominated for an Oscar, a mis step (kind of) with "The Game" followed by "Fight Club" after that he blew some steam off with "Panic Room" not his best not his worst. Returned 5 years later with 2007's criminally underscene "Zodiac" that I could only watch 1 time.
No one saw that flick because it was nearly 3 hours long a lot of dense material however it is a good film. Also it was dumped by the studio to be released in March missing awards season also putting people in a frame of mind that this film would be a flaming piece of crap which its not.
For those of you who'd like to persue a career in film making pick up the "Zodiac" DVD/Blue Ray & "Fight Club" Blue Ray/DVD (the deluxe editions) you can pick up a lot of valuable information with the director's commentary.
After "Zodiac' we have "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" once again pick up the Criterion Editon. Now we have 2010's best fiilm "The Social Network" as you can tell yeah I am a David Fincher fan, he does have his flaws however he is a man with a vision and a will to stick to his craft. I am intrigued to see how next years "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" turns out.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDon Draper

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