Disney announced last year that David Fincher & screenwriter Scott Z. Burns were developing a new version of Jules Verne’s classic science fiction novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Sounded interesting right? Then Fincher went away to bring another adaption to the big screen, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Burns also headed off, this time with Steven Soderbergh to work on Contagion. So up until today its been a little bit quite on the news front but thanks to CinemaBlend we have some updates & some interesting details to share. Hit the jump to check them out.
Cinemablend caught up with screenwriter Burns who revealed that 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is on a similar production timeframe to The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which sounds promising considering that movie will begin shooting next spring, but Burns added there is still a vast amount of pre-production that needs to be done.
"Because of the amount of pre-vis work that David would have to do we wouldn’t probably start shooting for a little while later and David is so buried in Dragon Tattoo, that’s where his focus is,"
The writer continued.
"For now I’ve done writing for both of them [The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea]. They’re sort of waiting to get cast and move forward."
The screenwriter also confirmed that the scale of the project is "really big," & also that the story would differ from the original story from Verne's novel. Well thats not a big surprise but Burns continued to explain that divide stating that there's "very little" that goes directly from the page to the screen & that his job "isn’t to turn a book into a movie, it’s to be inspired by the book and then go write a movie." Burns commented on the three main characters of the original story & implied a more character-driven story: Captain Nemo, French marine biologist Professor Pierre Aronnax & master harpoonist Ned Land.
"David and I had a really cool idea for the relationship between Nemo, and Aronnax and Land, that’s really what we kind of got into. But I think it’s very, very true to the spirit of the book."
This movie will be Fincher's first major Studio tentpole project for all audiences since Alien 3 in 1992.