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Clash Of The (20,000) Leagues

Jules Verne's classic underseas adventure 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea may have been off most people's sonar for the last few decades, but that's all about to change soon as two major studios race to make their big budget movie version before each other.

With the novel in the public domain, there're no rights to fight over, which explains how both Disney and Fox can be preparing their own versions of the same movie at the same time. Both versions have interesting choices for director: Disney are talking to David Fincher, while Fox's version (to be produced by Ridley Scott) may end up with Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov in charge. At this point, Fox's version is in the lead in the race, as it already has a finished script, but many things could go wrong between here and the finished product. I'm thinking of opening a book on how quickly the studios will decide to co-produce one movie, instead of make two, personally.

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