Either studios don’t pay attention to their competitor’s upcoming slates or Fox and Disney just don’t give a damn. The two powerhouses are both producing adaptations of the Jules Verne classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with David Fincher and Wanted’s Timur Bekmambetov in talks to direct. Does anyone else see a problem with this?
On Saturday, THR reported that Fincher would take on directing duties for Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which has been sitting in limbo ever since McG’s departure months ago. After being on hold indefinitely, the studio had a change of heart tapping Fincher and Bourne Ultimatum scribe Scott Z. Burns to create a fresh take on the story.
On the other side of town, Fox just couldn’t let the House of Mouse have all the fun so they’re also tackling the story of Captain Nemo and his Nautilus but with Bekmambetov. The studio is well aware that they’ll have to bring out the big guns to compete with Disney and Fincher, so they’ve brought on Ridley and Tony Scott to produce and the screenplay will be adapted by Clash of the Titans co-writer Travis Beacham.
Even though Fox has the Scott brothers as producers, Disney has a better screenwriter with Burns. Who will win? If you’re wondering what legal red tape the studios had to go through to use Vernes’ material there wasn’t any. The story is in public domain, which means a 5 year old could go out and make a movie version if they wanted to.
Which take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea are you the most interested in seeing?