Director David Fincher is still working on getting his big screen adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. We haven't heard much news on the project since Fincher hired Se7en scribe Andrew Kevin Walker to rewrite the script. Fincher is now looking to cast Brad Pitt in the role of sailor and master harpooner Ned Land. This is the same character played by Kirk Douglas in the original 1954 film.
Casting Pitt in the movie makes perfect sense as Fincher and Pitt have worked together several times in the past on films such as Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious case of Benjamin Button. I think Pitt would be great in the role so it would be cool to see this all work out. As of right now, nothing is set in stone but the wheels are turning.
Disney hasn't even officially greenlit the movie yet, according to Variety, "the studio has placed a three-month hold on the filmmaker as it decides whether to move forward with the project." I hope they move forward with it! Ever since Fincher was attached to direct it I've been extremely excited to see what his vision of the story looks like!
Fincher is also currently waiting for a script to come in for the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which is being written by Steve Zaillian. I imagine if Disney decides to move forward with 20,000 Leagues, he will do that before he takes on The Girl Who Played With Fire.
What do you think of Pitt possibly being cast in the lead role of this movie, and who would you like to see play Captain Nemo?