According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new film version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea may still be on the horizon with director David Fincher taking the wheel.
When current Walt Disney Studios chief Rich Ross took the studio’s top spot last year, one of the many projects he cancelled was a re-imagining/remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea then to be directed by McG, of Terminator: Salvation fame. But now David Fincher, director of the hit film Fight Club, is reportedly in talks to take over the project with Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns working on the script.
No further details about the film’s plot, stars, or even shooting schedule have emerged yet, as it’s not even clear if the film will get the final green light to start production. But if it does wind up becoming a Hollywood hit, it’ll be too bad that Disney will miss out on the synergy that could have been created with the classic Magic Kingdom submarine ride of yesteryear. “Dive, dive!”