David Fincher’s remake of 20,000 League Under the Sea will be getting some familiar new blood in the form of screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, Deadline reports. He wrote the script to Fincher’s breakout film Se7en and has gone on to pen 8MM, Sleepy Hollow and The Wolfman.
Both have made names for themselves working on darker films — Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo drops on Dec. 21 — so it will be interesting to see what they do for Disney. The studio’s first pass at the Jules Verne sci-fi classic came out in 1954, starring Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre and James Mason, and went on to win a trio of Oscars, so the new take has some mighty big boat shoes to fill.
Verne’s story was originally published in 1870 and became a science-fiction classic. The book follows a marine biologist as he attempts to discover what’s being the sinking of several ships in the ocean. Popular opinion is that a mythical narwhal is the culprit, but it turns out to be a ship, The Nautilus, piloted by the mysterious Captain Nemo.
Where Leagues fits into Fincher’s busy schedule in the coming years remains to be seen, but hopefully, if Walker’s script passes muster with the Mouse, it’ll happen sooner rather than later.
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