What the hell? Just this weekend we brought you the new that David Fincher may end up directing the Jules Verne classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney. Bringing Fincher on to direct this underwater epic was a freakin' brilliant idea. He will turn this story into a fantastic film adventure.
Now it's being reported that Disney is not the only studio interested in making this movie. 20th Century Fox is also adapting the sci-fi adventure novel, and it's being developed by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott through their production company, Scott Free.
I hate it when two separate studios set out to make the same movie! Fox has brought in Clash of the Titans co-writer Travis Beacham to write the script for their version of the story. I hated Clash of the Titans, I thought the writing sucked so this isn't a selling point for me. But apparently they are currently in discussion with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov to jump on board, and develop the film. Now that seems like it would be pretty cool as well!
20,000 Leagues is in the public domain, so anyone can go out and adapt it if they wanted to. I just think it's tacky that two major studios are trying to get the project developed at the same time. I have to say I'm more excited about the Disney Fincher version, which also has a freakin' amazing screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, plus they've been talking about making it for longer. It seems like Fox is just jumping on the bandwagon with this one.
Now it comes down to who will get their version of the film finished first. There is no word on how each studio plans on tackling the story. They may end up doing a different variation of the story, but you can bet it will involve Captain Nemo and his rogue submarine, the Nautilus.
Which film version are you most excited for? Disney or Fox?