Director David Fincher is looking to get his next project, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, off the ocean floor, but Disney has put the Jules Verne adaptation on hold before production can fully submerge. Fincher is also looking to cast his long-time collaborator Brad Pitt in one of the film’s lead roles.
According to Variety.com, the production is currently being held for three months while Disney evaluates the project’s sea legs. Fincher had previously tapped another former collaborator, screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en), to re-write the script, back in November 2011.
Fincher is also looking to cast Brad Pitt in the role of sailor and master harpooner Ned Land, but nothing has been officially set or announced. Pitt is currently starring in and producing the beleaguered film adaptation of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel World War Z. The actor has often worked with Fincher in the past on films such as Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
If Pitt lands the part (and the movie actually gets a green light), he’d be stepping into the same role played by Kirk Douglas in the 1954 Disney adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel. There’s still no word who Fincher might be targeting for the iconic role of Captain Nemo, other than that he’s looking for “an older A-List star.”
This new take on 20,000 Leagues has been in development at Disney for several years now, having passed through the hands of screenwriters such as Scott Z. Burns (who also worked on World War Z), Michael Chabon (John Carter), and Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu).