Captain Nemo will be battling against himself at the box-office with two planned "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" versions from two studios. Walt Disney Pictures will be racing against 20th Century Fox to dive deep into the "20,000 Leagues" territory. Both, of course, will be based on the beloved Jules Verne sci-fi novel, but each version will have different takes.
So let's compare and contrast:
In the Disney version, David Fincher, yes, THE David Fincher of "Fight Club" and "The Case of Benjamin Button" fame, is under negotiations to direct. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the director approached the House of Mouse because he wanted to make a big-blockbuster film and stay away from R-rated dramas. Aw
Last year, Disney cancelled their planned "20,000" version, but apparently, the studio revived the project after Fincher expressed interest. "Bourne Ultimatum's" Scott Z. Burns will write the Disney project and is supposed to be in the vein of "Star Wars."
Meanwhile, Fox has producers Ridley and Tony Scott to develop their own version of the classic tale. The script is from one of the "Clash of the Titans" writers, Travis Beacham, and the producers are in talks with director Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"). This one will be set in the future but will follow Verne's plot closely.
Personally? I'm rooting for Disney, why? Because the studio was the first to give us a "20,000 Leagues" film with the 1954 version starring Kirk Douglas as Ned Land and James Mason as Captain Nemo. That was also Disney's first-ever live-action film.
Plus, as much as I admire Bekmambetov, Fincher is a stronger director. But hopefully, after Fincher gets his blockbuster on, he'll return to work on R-rated dramas!
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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