Prepare to Journey 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea a Couple Times

May 17, 2010

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You've been such a good boy this year, you're getting not one but two adaptations of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in theaters and 3-D IMAX-vision!

David Fincher has decided he wants to take a break from lengthy (boring) Benjamin Button-style drama and make a move into some big-ass production where CGI makes huge things look like they explode, and has gotten approval from Disney for a new take on the novel--just months after director McG's plans for a Disney remake were scrapped. Burn, McG! Fincher has approached frequent Matt Damon-screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!) for script duties on his approach, which the Hollywood Reporter claims "is described as being in the vein of Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back." So picture something in the infinite shades of grey between the good Star Warses, if you can.

Meanwhile, Ridley and Tony Scott have decided they might as well take advantage of the novel's public domain status and crank out a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea of their own, too. Their Scott Free production banner has the project set up at Fox, and the two are in talks with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov to direct a script by Clash of the Titans screenwriter Travis Beacham.

Nothing like two films with the same exact basis to keep the public numb and confused by their options and simultaneous lack thereof. How quickly we forget the lessons of the great Volcano/Dante's Peak fiasco of '97. So help me god, if we end up hurting Tommy Lee Jones's feelings again...

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