It was reported back in May that director David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, and The Curious case of Benjamin Button) was attached to direct Disney's remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and I couldn't be more excited that he's going to develop it! /Film had the opportunity to talk to Disney's President of Production Sean Bailey at Comic-Con, and in this statement he reveals that David Fincher believes this film will be his Empire Strike Back.
I’m really excited. One of the great benefits of this job is I get to meet with filmmakers who I tremendously admire. So to be able to sit down with David and have David say, “Look, I’ve never really thought about Disney before, but I really want to try to do my Empire Strikes Back. And I think 20,000 Leagues is the title.” It’s a thrilling conversation to be in. So we had a lot of conversations about what we viewed as Disney, and what David obviously so brilliantly pushes for in his movies. And the fact that we were able to kind of align those two goals is…I have been really excited about it. … It’s a bold, you know, Fincher-esque take. It’s a bold, aggressive…It’s got some of the characters from the original. It’s got Land, it’s got Aronnax. It’s got Nemo, of course. But it’s kind of a bold way in.