An adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is thought to be the next big project on the radar of director David Fincher.
It is also rumoured that the adaptation of the book, written by Jules Verne, could feature Brad Pitt as harpoonist Ned Land, re-uniting one of Hollywood’s most bankable pairings once again. The pivotal role of Captain Nemo will no doubt be played by another A-Lister, but would certainly require an elder statesman.
The story itself tells of the adventures of the Captain and his crew aboard the submarine Nautilus. Ned Land and marine biologist Pierre Aronnax, along with his assistant Conseil, find refuge on the Nautilus, but are then ‘imprisoned’ by Nemo, who proceeds to take them on a journey traversing all the world’s oceans and seas, braving a whole host of sea creatures along the way. After the Nautilus becomes trapped in a whirlpool, the three prisoners manage to escape to dry land, but the fate of Nemo and his crew remains a mystery.
Plenty of scope for some big-budget effects then! Fincher himself has apparently said that the film would be shot in 3D and be very CGI-heavy, so who better to steer the ship than Disney? Coincidentally, it was old Uncle Walt himself who produced a 1954 version, which starred Kirk Douglas. It is also the Disney Company that has overseen that very popular sea-faring cinematic franchise Pirates of the Caribbean. However, it’s probably safe to assume that the Fincher treatment will mean that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will end up a much darker, grittier affair.
The man who brought us Seven and Fight Club has, by all accounts, been keen to get things moving for some time now. As schedules have now been cleared, we should be able to see the finished article before the tides of 2015 are out.