In development for quite some time, and reportedly with a lot of effort and dollars spent over the last year in particular, David Fincher has found his adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea now placed on a "three-month hold" at Disney. Sources speaking to Variety suggest that Disney will take this time to decide whether or not to move forward with the film.
Well, here's something that might change their mind… somebody that might change their mind; Fincher is trying to woo Brad Pitt, wanting him to pick up and play the lead role of Ned Land, master harpooner.
The second lead, the more famous Captain Nemo, would go to somebody older. Somebody Variety would call "an A-Lister." I'm drawing blanks on "older A-Listers" though, so perhaps you could help me out. Robert De Niro? Michael Douglas? Maybe my idea of A-List is a bit harsher than other folks'.
It's not obvious how Fincher is trying to seduce Pitt, but it's fun to imagine moonlight serenades and two straws in the same milkshake, right? Right?
If Fincher can get Pitt to jump onboard his submarine, then perhaps it won't… er… won't be a sinking ship. Steve Zaillian is currently working on another draft of the Leagues script. Perhaps a knock-out new take will also get Disney excited again.
Incidentally, there's no clear word on what's happening with The Girl Who Played With Fire, or indeed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, but it seems obvious that Fincher and Zaillian have their focus elsewhere right now. I'll be surprised if we see either of the other Millennium movies, to be honest, though they could provide a pretty good plan B if Disney actually pull the plug on Leagues.