Monday, May 17, 2010

Two "20,000 Leagues" in the Works

Oh, now this should be interesting.

After canceling "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", Disney is now in talks to produce this Jules Verne's classic. But interestingly enough, Fox is also working on the same material!

Months after deep-sixing a McG-helmed version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," Disney is in negotiations with David Fincher to direct a new take on the classic Jules Verne story.

At the same time, Fox is prepping its own version of the submarine tale. Producers Ridley and Tony Scott are developing "Leagues" 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 shooting the big-budget adaptation.

Which "20,000 Leagues" will set sail first?

I know it'll never happen because studios tend to schedule the release of movies according to their own logic, but wouldn't it be fascinating if they both get released around the same time?


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