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Brad Pitt: "I'd Love to" Star in 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

Written by Tara the Mom    Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00   

Brad Pitt, 20000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAUPDATE: Conditions look good for Brad Pitt to board the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Director David Fincher has said he'd like Brad Pitt to play master harpooner (or is it harpoonist?) Ned Land. Fincher and Pitt are long time colleages, with Pitt starring in Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club and Se7en. Now, Pitt tells MTV, "I'd love to, I mean, he's my man. He's got a great take on it. That's just gonna be about schedule and time allocation, but he's my man." SO, that's a yes?

May 18, 2010 - When Rich Ross was promoted to head cheese of Disney Studios, one of his first acts was axing the remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea because he thought it was off-brand for the Mouse House. Now, Disney is trying to revive the project in a high-class way: they're in negotiations with Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns to adapt. Superweird since the McG-directed version that was yanked was said to be too dark. Fincher's works (Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac) would most likely be defined as "dark" but this 20,000 Leagues will take on a sci-fi Star Wars type feel.

The Jules Verne novel is about a shipful of men being sent to investigate an oceanic mystery and encounter Captain Nemo and his advanced, futuristic submarine "Nautilus."

BUT, the plot thickens...with the book being published in 1869, the source material is now public domain (meaning, the studios don't have to pay anyone to get the rights nor can anyone have exclusive rights to the story). 20th Century Fox is developing its own 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea film with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov in talks to helm, Ridley and Tony Scott producing with a script by Clash of the Titans co-writer Travis Beacham (again, the word "dark" comes to mind).

Neither project is a solid "go" just yet.

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