I'm disappointed to report that David Fincher's long-awaited big screen adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is dead. According to The Playlist, Fincher gave up on the production a couple of months ago. I guess this should have been apparent when we heard that the director was moving forward with his adaptation of the thriller Gone Girl.
Apparently when Brad Pitt passed on the project, Disney and Fincher couldn't agree on who should star in the film. Some of the other actors considered included Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Channing Tatum, and Chris Hemsworth, but none of them worked.
I was really looking forward to seeing this movie, and I'm sad that it's not going to happen. I'm sure Disney will eventually get around to making it, but it's not going to be directed by Fincher, so my excitement for the project is back to zero.
As for for the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo called The Girl Who Played With Fire, it's still moving forward! Sony has hired Andrew Kevin Walker, who worked with Fincher on 20,000 Leagues, to rewrite the script that was originally written by Steve Zaillian. So there's a little bit of good news in this report!