Since David Fincher's last film was "The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo," one might expect that his next project would be the follow-up, "The Girl Who Played With Fire," right? Not so fast--as it turns out, that potential sequel is just one option for the director, as he might finally get working on his adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
The project, to which Fincher has been attached since 2010, has been in development at Disney. The studio has yet to green light the film, but reports indicate that it's put a three-month hold on the director while it settles on a budget in an attempt to finally get the project rolling.
Essentially, this means the studio is asking Fincher not to pursue those other projects for a few months as it hammers out certain details. In the meantime, it seems as though the director is on the same page since he's been courting Brad Pitt to star in the adaptation of Jules Verne's novel.
Pitt would reportedly portray sailor Ned Land rather than Captain Nemo, as the studio will be seeking an older A-list star to take on the latter role. Pitt and Fincher have collaborated a few times in the past, so the pairing seems like a logical one.
The actor is also currently seeking another project after he wraps up "World War Z" and "The Counselor," so the timing could also be optimal as well.
Fincher has discussed the project in the past and has especially noted his desire to shoot it in 3D and employ an extensive amount of CGI. Knowing Fincher, this adaptation will be truly huge, ambitious, and epic in scope--assuming it ever goes into production.
The same uncertainty surrounds both "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." While Steve Zallian is currently hammering out a script for the second film, Fincher has been a bit non-committal in the past. He has, however, stated that he might shoot both films back-to-back if he returns.
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