SHH! sprach mit David Fincher über den Stand der Dinge... [...] Another film for Fincher, announced more recently, was his attachment to Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which just got a new writer in Andrew Kevin Walker a few weeks back, taking a crack at the screenplay begun by Scott J. Burns (Contagion).
"I don't know what came before me," he said about the film's long development process. "We're plugging away, trying to get a script that sort of satisfies all of the... you know, it's a tricky thing because it's a $200 million 3D thing done in water, and you don't want to go off half-cocked. You can find yourself with a $75 million overage in a movie that completely takes place underwater, especially in 3D. 3D is a whole different thing for reflective sources."
The director has already had the ubiquitous meeting with James Cameron to discuss filming in 3D.
We thought we might have figured out why Fincher was interested in telling the origin story of Captain Nemo, having already done films that featured anti-heroes like John Doe in Se7en and Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, but in fact, it was something quite unexpected:
"The thing that's interesting to me is a science fiction movie that takes place five years after the Civil War, the idea of 'What does science fiction look like through the eyes of somebody 120 years ago?'" [...]
Deadline meldet... They certainly made a lasting impression with Se7en. Now, screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker has come aboard to work on the 20,000 League Under the Sea script for director David Fincher. Disney has been trying to find a compelling way to bring back the Jules Verne story of Captain Nemo as he creates his warship Nautilus. Given their previous dark collaboration, it will be interesting to see their vision for a Disney film based on one of the earliest live action pictures made by Walt Disney and released in 1954. (Treasure Island was the first, in 1950.) Disney famously bet his studio on a film best remembered for the giant squid scene. It became the second highest grossing film that year, won three Oscars and became the basis for a Disney theme park attraction. Walker, whose scripting credits also include Sleepy Hollow and The Wolfman, is repped by CAA. [...]
CS! sprach mit dem Drehbuchautor Scott Z. Burns... [...] We also spoke to Burns about his collaboration with David Fincher on a new version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Below the Sea: Captain Nemo for Disney, a movie that had gone through a number of other directors and incarnations before ending up with that pairing. Burns told us how this unconventional project came his way.
"'20,000 Leagues' came about because David and I were trying very hard to find something to do together and I wanted to do something that was science fiction with David because I think science fiction is maybe the most exciting area to work in right now. David is so visually gifted that I was like, I'd love to be able to sit there at my desk and come up with any kinda crazy sh*t and know that David Fincher is going to turn it into something. As it so happened, David and I both loved '20,000 Leagues' when we were kids. It was one of my favorite books. So David came to me and said that Sean Bailey had contacted him about doing '20,000 Leagues' at Disney and I said, 'I would love to do that.'Then we met with Sean who was really great and said, 'Come to Disney and let's try and make a really cool version of a classic story.'"
Burns told us that he had never read any of the other scripts written for the movie but what they were doing wasn't necessarily going to be Captain Nemo's origin story as previously planned, although it would still be from his point of view.
"David and I had a really great conversation about who Captain Nemo was and what makes a guy like that happen in the world. As it turns out, Captain Nemo, even if you go back and look at what Jules Verne was doing, Captain Nemo is a guy who you find throughout history of being a guy who's a little bit ahead of his time both in terms of what he's capable of intellectually and what he's capable of in action. He was a revolutionary in a lot of ways and is a great sort of good bad guy. I love kind of bad guys who are a little morally complicated."
That's not to say it will depart too far away from Verne's book for those expecting certain characters from earlier film adaptations. "It has Professor Aronnax in it and it has Ned Land and it's sort of kind of a triangle between those three guys," he told us. "It's a great, big action thing. I mean, there's as much going on in it as I've ever put into 120 pages."
"I think it'd be great for Disney to take advantage of what David Fincher can do. It would be great for David and I to have a Disney movie that gets that much sort of bandwidth, so I think we can all serve each other on that one pretty comfortably," he concluded. [...]
Collider sprach mit David Fincher, der seinen "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"-Film in 3D drehen wird...
Empire sprach mit Timur Bekmambetov, u.a. über die Fox-Verfilmung des Romans... [...] "Yes, it is happening. We are in development with a writer and Ridley Scott’s people. It’s early in development. I would like to direct myself - it’s a great tale that I love from my childhood. It will be a modernised version of the famous book." [...]
Heatvision meldet... Are you ready for an undersea battle between two major studios?
Yesterday we broke the news that Disney has enlisted Oscar-nominated director David Fincher to jump-start its delayed "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" adaptation.
Now Heat Vision has learned that Fox is prepping its own version of the classic Jules Verne tale with an equally pedigreed filmmaking team. Producers Ridley and Tony Scott and their Scott Free Prods. are developing a "Leagues" project for the studio with a script by "Clash of the Titans" co-writer Travis Beacham. And they've been talking with director Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") about helming the big-budget adaptation, though there's no deal for Timur yet.
"20,000 Leagues" is in the public domain, so anybody can adapt it (indeed, there have been several versions over the years, though most people remember Disney's 1954 Kirk Douglas version). Fox's project began life quietly after the writers strike. Beacham is said to have approached the Scotts with his take on the literary classic, which Fox then bought. Bekmambetov, notoriously picky about his projects (he hasn't directed a movie since 2008's "Wanted" but is producing the sci-fi actioner "The Darkest Hour" later this summer), is interested in directing "Leagues" and has had talks about the project, which insiders say is set in the future (although it follows the novel's structure). The thinking is that a sci-fi take on the material might be more accessible than a period one (it should be noted that Verne's novel was considered science fiction when it was published in 1870).
The Disney project isn't as far along. The studio is finalizing deals with Fincher and scribe Scott Z. Burns, who will then begin writing. Fincher will likely direct another movie before turning his attention to "Leagues." Disney is not revealing any plot details, including the setting.
So will this be a race to the finish line? Hollywood has a long history of doubling-teaming hot material. As an example, there are currently two versions of "The Three Musketeers" being prepped, one at Warner Bros. (with Doug Liman directing) and another at Summit (with Paul W.S. Anderson helming). Which version of "20,000 Leagues" will surface first?
THR.com meldet... Months after deep-sixing a McG-helmed version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," Disney is in negotiations with David Fincher to direct, and hot "Bourne Ultimatum" scribe Scott Z. Burns to write, a new take on the classic Jules Verne story.
The project came together after Fincher approached Disney's new production head Sean Bailey a few weeks into his job this winter. The Oscar-nominated helmer wanted to tackle a four-quadrant tentpole movie, somewhat of a departure from the dark, R-rated dramas such as "Fight Club" and "Zodiac" (or even "Curious Case of Benjamin Button") that he's done in the past.
The project was being developed under the radar as Bailey settled into his position under new studio topper Rich Ross, then gained steam in the past few days with Fincher and Burns entering talks for deals.
First published in 1869, the classic science fiction novel is in the public domain. But ever since Disney's Kirk Douglas-starring version was released in 1954, the studio and the Verne story -- about a group of men who encounter a vengeful scientific genius and his warlike submarine -- have been linked in the public's mind.
Last year, Disney was fast-tracking a $150 million "Leagues" that would have served as an origin story for Nemo. But the project was the first of several to be sunk by Ross when he took over the studio from Dick Cook in the fall (ironically, given Fincher's involvement, the dark tone of the McG version was a concern for the new regime).
It's not surprising that Disney would revisit "Leagues." Ross has said his mandate is to make wide-appeal, pre-branded entertainment. And while plotlines are being kept submerged, the Fincher/Burns take on the material is described as being in the vein of "Star Wars" or "The Empire Strikes Back." It will aim to be visually dazzling.
Burns, who penned Steven Soderbergh's latest "Contagion" as well as "The Informant!,"will begin writing immediately. That should give Fincher, who is in post on "The Social Network" for Sony, time to direct another movie (possibly "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," also for Sony, but his name has surfaced in connection with a host of projects) before jumping into "Leagues".
Variety.com zitiert Rich Ross von Disney bzgl. der Produktionseinstellung... [...] As for projects he pulled the plug on, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was just "too dark" in what was planned to go into production. It's "still a project we're considering."
"This is about focus," Ross reiterated of the studio's plan moving forward. "We live in times where there's less opportunities to bring in revenue. While pet projects are fun it's important that everyone is focused. It's important to be focused on opening the movies. [...]
Variety.com meldet... Disney has put "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" in dry dock.
The picture, tentatively scheduled to begin production in February, has been halted indefinitely, and McG is no longer steering the ship.
The studio confirmed that it won't proceed with the film for now, and reps for the director confirmed he has withdrawn. While names like Will Smith were rumored as possible stars, no cast was ever set. The project had been on a fast track under the Dick Cook regime. Studio sez event pics like "20,000 Leagues," "John Carter of Mars" and "Tron" are still priority under new chief Rich Ross. [...]
IESB sprach mit Regisseur McG... IESB: What is your vision for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?
McG: It's a bit of a departure from the Richard Fleischer movie, and much more in keeping with the spirit of the novel, as far as what Aronnax is up to and the becoming of Captain Nemo, and how the man became at war with war itself. So, there's a little bit more meat on the bone, in regard to the genesis of the Nemo character, than you're given in the ‘50's movie that Disney made. Also, it's a little more contemporary.
I love that movie, but there were two female characters, and they were both prostitutes. And, there were a couple of black people in the film, and they were all electrocuted. So, nowadays, I think we need to progress a little bit beyond that. IESB: Will 20,000 Leagues be like Indiana Jones? Will the film be action-packed?
McG: Yes, there will be a great deal of action because, let's face it, the guy is an adventurer. And, I think that was the intention of Jules Verne. The idea was living a life beyond, in contemporary society, what we would have to characterize as "cubicle life." The idea is getting up and then going around the world, living under sea and doing what no one does. It's the spirit of the adventure that I want to capture. Q: What does Jules Verne mean for you?
McG: Everything. I grew up on his body of work, and the imagination to come out of the mid-19th century is extraordinary. I'm active in the Jules Verne society, and I am very passionate about protecting his legacy. I hope we can make a contribution to his memory because the work is so important to me. Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days held so many great memories, when I read them as a young adult.
It was funny because, at the time, I wanted to be a psychiatrist, when I was reading a lot of that material. So, I was reading Freud, in the standard edition, and I was reading Jules Verne, and I was trying to draw parallels between the two. It led me to who I am today, for better or for worse. Q: IMDB has you listed with a ton of upcoming projects. Is 20,000 Leagues the one that's actually going forward right now?
McG: Yeah. I'm prepping 20,000 Leagues, every day, but I'm concurrently prepping Terminator 5, another Terminator picture. So, we're cooking that up. And then, I'm very active in Spring Awakening, the musical, also. So, we'll see. But, my focus, right now, is really pushing forward with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Randall Wallace has been brought aboard to rewrite "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," Disney's take on the classic Jules Verne character being directed by McG. Idealogy's Sean Bailey is producing with McG.
"Nemo" aims to tell the origin of Captain Nemo and his submarine warship, the Nautilus. Nemo is a mysterious but noble antagonist in the book, a scientific genius with a thirst for knowledge and a desire for revenge against the forces of imperialism.
In Verne's lesser-known sequel, "The Mysterious Island," Nemo is revealed as Indian Prince Dakkar, a rajah's son who took part in a failed rebellion and lost his wife and children. It is unclear how close to that back story Disney will stick, but "Nemo's" tone will be decidedly action-adventure.
The script previously was worked by Bill Marsilii and Justin Marks.
Brigham Taylor and Todd Murata are overseeing for Disney.
Wallace is squeezing in the "Nemo" writing gig before he directs "Secretariat," starring Diane Lane, for Disney. The racehorse drama is set to begin shooting in late September. Wallace, whose writing credits range from "Braveheart" to "Atlas Shrugged," is repped by WME.
IESB meldet... After releasing their newest issue over the weekend that had Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson cast in McG's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA: CAPTAIN NEMO, Production Weekly has just sent out a correction refuting the fact.
ProductionWeekly.com just tweeted the following,
Correction: Dwayne Johnson not involved in Disney’s "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo"
Ok, so after getting used to the idea of having Johnson in the film, now he's not...right?
They've also completely changed the synopsis they had listed for the film to something completely different.
The new one goes like this,
The story begins with the mystery of an underwater "beast" that has been stalking boats, taking bites out of them, and leaving them to sink to the bottom of the sea. Ned, is reluctantly recruited by an old army buddy to hunt the beast. He’s joined by Aronnax, a scientist and Julie. They go out looking for this beast and eventually find it. But the beast is not a beast at all,,,it’s a super tricked out mega submarine called "The Nautilus," captained by Nemo, who takes them captive and brings them back to a secret Volcano City. There they learn that Nemo is searching for a lost underwater civilization that holds libraries of vast knowledge and a weapon with the power to destroy mankind. [...]
IESB meldet... [...] Dwayne Johnson has been added to the cast of Walt Disney Pictures 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA remake. Production Weekly made the announcement today about the McG helmed adventure along with a short synopsis of the film.
"20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA: CAPTAIN NEMO".
STATUS - Active Development LOCATION - Australia
PRODUCER: Sean Bailey - Jeanne Allgood WRITER: Justin Marks - Bill Marsilli
DIRECTOR: McG LP: Brent O'Connor CAST: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
A fugitive whaler teams up with a naturalist, a mysterious woman and a captain of a futuristic submarine, to search for a lost underwater civilization that holds libraries of vast knowledge and a weapon with the power to destroy mankind. (Studio is fast-tracking the project and hopes to make the film this year.)
CineFools.com meldet... [...] the cool thing we have learnt from our friend is that 20000 leagues under the sea will also head it’s way down here and rumour has it will start filming at the end of this year. This is on the fast track and if Will Smith signs on then expect McG’s version of the classic tale to be priority number one for Disney. [...]
Justin Marks has come on board to rewrite Disney's redo of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo."
Remake will serve as an origin story of Nemo as he creates his warship, the Nautilus. Characters come from the Jules Verne novel and the 1954 actioner, that was the first live action film made by Walt Disney. Studio is fast-tracking the project that McG will direct.
Project is the latest pop culture notch in Marks' belt after penning scripts for "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," "Voltron: Defender of the Universe," "Street Fighter" and a Green Arrow actioner. First draft was penned by Bill Marsilii.
Sean Bailey ("Tron 2.0") is producing with McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision. Jeanne Allgood serves as exec producer.
Disney hopes to make the film this year and is McG's follow up to "Terminator: Salvation."
Disney has set McG to direct "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo," a family film that is being fast tracked by the studio.
McG, who most recently helmed "Terminator: Salvation," had multiple studios vying for his next slot. Sources said he will be paid $8 million against 7% of gross.
Sean Bailey ("Tron 2.0") is producing with McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision.
Scripted by Bill Marsilli, the film is an origin story of Nemo as he creates his warship, the Nautilus. The characters come from the Jules Verne novel.
The 1954 original "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was the first live-action film made by Walt Disney, who famously bet his studio on a movie best remembered for the giant squid scene. It became the second-highest grossing film that year and won three Oscars. The film has also been the basis for various rides at the Disney theme park over the years.
Disney hopes to make the film this year.
Warner Bros. releases "Terminator: Salvation" on May 22. Though "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" is expected to be the next film he directs, McG is in discussions to supervise development and direct the next installment of "Terminator." He also will produce through his Wonderland Sound and Vision shingle.
The helmer is repped by Endeavor and Management 360.
Am 10. April 2002 erschien das Adventure "Das Geheimnis der Nautilus" für Windows-PC... Das 21. Jahrhundert. Irgendwo in den Tiefen des Atlantiks:
Meeresforscher entdecken bei Ausführung eines wissenschaftlichen Auftrags die Nautilus. Während auf Deck noch Streit um Bergung des mysteriösen U-Bootes herrscht, dringt ein junger Wissenschaftler per Tauchkapsel ins Wrack ein. Schnell stellt sich heraus, dass er nicht alleine ist: Nemos Vermächtnis steht unter Kontrolle einer auf Vernichtung von Eindringlingen programmierten künstlichen Intelligenz. Spielfreude und Wissensdurst: Fotorealistische 360-Grad-Sicht und übersichtliches Handling machen Vernes Visionen zum Augenschmaus. Komplexe Rätsel und packende Handlung inspirieren nicht nur Sciencefiction-Begeisterte, sich mit dem Schaffen des französischen Autors auseinanderzusetzen.