Disney, Fox both working on 20,000 Leagues adaptations

Nemo is going twice as far this time.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Fox and Disney are working on their own versions of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Originally, Disney had McG (Terminator Salvation) attached to direct, but they are now apparently in negotiations with David Fincher (Fight Club) to direct and Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!) to adapt the story for the screen. Fincher reportedly approached Disney about the project after McG was dropped.

Over at Fox, Producers Ridley and Tony Scott are working on their own version of the story. The script was written by Travis Beacham (Co-writer, Clash of the Titans) and the team are reportedly in talks with Timur Bekmambetov (9, Wanted) to direct. However, he has not officially signed on yet.

It’s unclear at this point which adaptation will make it to the screen first. While the Disney one doesn’t have a script right now, the Fox version hasn’t secured a director yet.

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Posted on May 17, 2010 at 11:36 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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  1. Written by arkonbey
    on 2010-05-17 at 17:02
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    Whoa.

    I'm glad McG is out of the picture, but even with, this is interesting.

    When was the last time two studios were planning on releasing the same film? The closest I can think of was Meteor Movie Summer (Armageddon and Deep Impact), but that was just two movies with the same basic premise.

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