If anything good came out of yesterday’s news that Jon Favreau has passed on Iron Man 3, it’s this: confirmation that David Fincher is directing the remake of Disney’s classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Although reports of Fincher’s involvement first emerged as far back as May, there had been no verification until yesterday, when the Los Angeles Times spoke with Favreau about his decision to depart Marvel’s successful Iron Man franchise for Disney’s family fantasy-adventure Magic Kingdom.
In the article, Favreau and Disney confirmed that Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) will direct the adaptation of the Jules Verne classic that inspired the landmark 1954 movie — it was Disney’s first science-fiction film — and the popular theme-park attraction. Presumably, Fincher will tackle 20,000 Leagues after he completes his adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!) is writing the screenplay.
In addition to Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Favreau’s Magic Kingdom, Disney is developing a movie based on its Haunted Mansion attraction, to be co-written, produced and possibly directed by Guillermo del Toro. Given the runaway success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, who can blame them?