It looks like we can stop wondering if David Fincher is still attached to his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney as of today because Deadline is reporting they have signed The Wolverine director James Mangold to direct a “Captain Nemo” film that will tell the origin of the fictionalized sea captain. This won’t hault the production of the sequel to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine from what we know.
Disney made a live-action telling of the Jules Verne tale back in 1954 where it received numerous awards and praise as an early classic from the iconic House of Mouse. Since then, they’ve wanted to bring the story back to life, and for awhile they had David Fincher and his screenwriter for Se7en to pen the story only for Fincher to go off and direct Gone Girl a few years later.
This won’t be the first nor the last a studio chooses to make a film based on the same material as another studio. Fox has confirmed Bryan Singer will be the director behind their version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea after the final production of X-Men: Apocalypse ends.
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