David Fincher Wants Brad Pitt to Throw Harpoons in '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'
It appears Disney is hesitant about moving forward with David Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake. The studio is giving itself three months to decide on the course of action for the movie before letting Fincher go to pursue other projects, according to Variety's sources.
The time may be used to see which A-listers they can get to commit to the movie because sources told Variety that Fincher is trying to recruit Brad Pitt for the lead role: master harpooner Ned Land, who was previously played by Kirk Douglas in the 1954 adaptation.
As for Pitt, he may want to do a solid for Fincher, with whom he had previously collaborated with on Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
As noted by The Playlist, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is going to cost Disney a pretty penny to make, and after suffering through the box office failure of John Carter, it's understandable that Disney would to want to think long and hard before committing to another feature that may lose money for them.
However, even with Pitt saying yes to Fincher, it may not guarantee that the movie gets the greenlight. Stay tuned.