Brad Pitt Wanted for David Fincher’s ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

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Brad Pitt made headlines last year when he revealed he’s interested in stepping away from acting in favor of producing (and maybe even directing). However, the A-lister won’t be vanishing from the big screen anytime soon, as he headlines next month’s Killing Them Softly and will appear in three films due to arrive in 2013 (Marc Forster’s World War Z adaptation, Steven McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor).

Pitt doesn’t have any pressing commitments thereafter, other than a role in James Gray’s gestating thriller titled (no joke) The Gray Man. It appears that a reunion with director David Fincher could also be in the cards for the actor, seeing how the former is considering Pitt for his developing 3D re-adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

There’s been nothing to report about Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues over the past year, since Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) came aboard to give the script a rewrite; in fact, Disney has not given the project an official greenlight just yet. However, since Fincher’s plans to shoot The Girl Who Played with Fire are taking longer than expected to put into action (the filmmaker says he has yet to “figure out” the sequel), it’s possible the Jules Verne adaptation could end up becoming Fincher’s next venture.

Variety says that Disney currently has 20,000 Leagues on a three-month hold as it determines whether or not to actually move forward with the expensive effects-heavy project. Nonetheless, insiders are reporting that Fincher has approached Pitt about the film, which would serve as their fourth collaboration (after Se7en, Fight Club, and Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Pitt, should be sign on, would play the role of sailor Ned Land, previously brought to life by Kirk Douglas in Disney’s 1954 live-action movie.

Scott Z. Burns (who wrote the first draft of the 20,000 Leagues script) said that he had borrowed “very little” from Verne’s source material and seemed more interested in using the novel as a jump-off point for the movie. However, when Walker spoke to Coming Soon about the project last year, he alluded to the film being a comparatively loyal interpretation of the text:

“‘20,000 Leagues’ came about because David and I were trying very hard to find something to do together… As it so happened, David and I both loved ‘20,000 Leagues’ when we were kids. It was one of my favorite books. So David came to me and said that Sean Bailey had contacted him about doing ‘20,000 Leagues’ at Disney and I said, ‘I would love to do that.’Then we met with Sean who was really great and said, ‘Come to Disney and let’s try and make a really cool version of a classic story.'”

20,000 Leagues, as indicated before, would still be somewhat of a costly gamble for Disney, given that early estimates have suggested the film could be 70% CGI (and shot in 3D). While the Mouse House didn’t take as huge a loss on this year’s John Carter as originally-anticipated, the film’s under-performance has left the studio more wary of big-budget fare (which contributed to Lone Ranger being put on hold for a while last year). The combination of Pitt, Fincher, and Verne’s story, however, could prove too tempting for Disney to pass on.

More on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as the story develops.

Source: Variety, Coming Soon

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  1. fincher and Pitt are automatic.

  2. No way Pitt turns this down

  3. I actually think this is a remake that could be good. Everyone has heard of Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” from either the book or the movie in the 50’s. The problem with John Carter (which, IMO, was a decent movie), is that Disney dropped the “of Mars” part and didn’t emphasize the Edgar Rice Burroughs connection enough.

  4. In a way I can understand Disney’s worries. Fincher is one of my favorite directors working today but he doesn’t really have a huge blockbuster on his resume.
    Sure his films are mostly critically adored and I personally don’t think there’s a bad one in the bunch but like I said before his films don’t really break the bank and for Disney to spend the money necessary for this film to be done properly it needs to be practically a guaranteed hit. So hopefully getting Pitt to sign on will help.

    • I’d say his alien movie is bad one and I’ve never seen the game, but he is one of my favorites.

      • well i think -the game – has a timeless theme. it´s a unique story. and -seven- of course,the debute movie of fincher and pitt´s debute in a fincher movie.

  5. Wow I want this to happen

  6. I’d love to see Fincher tackle a big budget adventure film! Sounds pretty great.

  7. I’m down for this!!

  8. I can totally see Pit as Ned Land.

  9. The two actors i can see as Captain Nemo, are james caviezel since he is younger and could tap into the emotionally tortured side of Nemo, or if they wanted to go for someone like the nemo in the books Ben Kingsly would rock

    • no,not kingsley again for every ethno-role. he was gandhi,he was several times an persian king or leader and he has the role of -the mandarin-.

      • i could see -ihrfan khan- from -t.a.sp.- in nemo´s role. and i think i did write his name false :)

  10. IF this movie gets made, I’d like to see it set in the present day rather than the past, as was supposedly mentioned someplace else to have been happening with another film version.

    • I dunno, feels like they could feature more of an abundance of sea life if it’s set in the past.. before the depletion of whale populations / overfishing etc.. plus it makes Nemo’s technology seem more impressive.

      • The same amount of sea life exists now as then-there’s no point in Nemo doing the same thing as before, and in the same time. Best for Nemo to be somebody (and this time, make him a white guy, black guy, or yellow guy rather than a brown one from India) who’s pissed off at the world powers for messing up the environment, and have him be attacking oil rigs, tankers and military vessels for destroying the environment and for perpetrating wars all of the time (have him be attacking the U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Nautilus being the ship that’s responsible for the attacks via underwater missile, and it having a device similar to the Caterpillar Drive from The Hunt For Red October as the reason it’s not being detected by the USN, Russian Navy, PLAN (Chinese Navy), Marine Nationale (French Navy), Royal Navy (United Kingdom) etc.

        If Sherlock Holmes can be updated to the present day on TV, I think that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea can also be updated the same way.

        • Oh please! This is Jules Verne were talking about here!

          You don’t take a classic like that and twist it to the point of making it a Whale Wars meets G.I.JOE stravaganza to satisfy people with no taste. Besides Fincher is one of the few directors nowadays that is still making atemporal movies that age well.

          • I love the source material, and I don’t think Simon’s idea is too terrible