Potentially marking the fourth collaboration between the pair, David Fincher is reportedly pursuing Brad Pitt for his next project, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Since taking a break from feature films after the past few productive years with The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fincher has directed the first few episodes of Neflix’s experiment in original programming, House of Cards.
As a passion project he’s mulled over for years, he eagerly hopes to helm the fantasy remake of the 1954 original if Disney works out a budget and greenlights production. Having previously stated that the film would be shot in 3D and comprised of 70% CG, it’s sure to command a sizable allowance. In the meantime, the studio has put a three month hold on him, requesting that he not commit himself to other projects. He also awaits Steven Zaillian’s draft script for The Girl Who Played With Fire before considering definitive involvement in the sequel.
With current talks turned to casting, Fincher has Pitt in mind as Ned Land, originally played by Kirk Douglas. No prospects have yet been named for the role of Captain Nemo, Jules Verne’s anti-hero. The previous fruits of their collective labor include Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
While it’s undoubtedly exciting to see Fincher take the plunge into the depths of a starkly different genre, such a venture, especially since it will rely heavily on simulated environments and images, causes some anxiety. Hopefully, no one gets the bends on the way back to the surface.