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Fox Floating Its Own Captain Nemo?
Timur Bekmambetov in talks to direct

17 May 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! It appears that we could be on for round 7,345 in Duelling Development Projects as the Heat Vision Blog reports that 20th Century Fox is gearing up its own take on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

We brought word at the weekend that David Fincher has been talking to Disney about applying the electrodes to the stalled Mouse House project, which was shoved into limbo after executives turned down Terminator Salvation director McG’s darker vision for Captain Nemo and battle-ready sub the Nautilus.

But one of the appeals of Jules Verne’s tale is that it’s in the public domain, so anyone and their octopus can have a crack at turning it into a movie. Fox is apparently doing just that, with Ridley and Tony Scott’s production company already working with a script from Clash Of The Titans co-writer Travis Beacham.

Plus the Fox film also has a director in its sights, with Scott Free talking to in-demand Russian action maestro Timur Bekmambetov about adding it to the 5,000 other offers he's juggling right now. While nothing has been locked in, Bekmambetov is said to be very interested in the Fox version, which apparently is set in the future, while still following the basic plot structure of Verne’s 1870 novel.

If the director signs on, the Fox pic will be ahead of Disney on two counts, since Fincher isn’t locked into his version yet and writer Scott Z Burns hasn’t finalised his deal to write the thing. And can you seriously see Disney types trying to hurry David Fincher along? Let’s see how far they get with that…


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This one gets the edge
Considering how badly the mouse house has run the Pirates franchise into the ground I have to say that Fox should at least produce a better Nemo film. Although Wanted was far from great Day Watch/Night Watch were both spectacular and this is the sort of material that should be in Timur's wheelhouse More

Posted by deheor at 10:50 on 18 May 2010 | Report This Post

it's almost as if there's a genuine shortage of original ideas out there. The world doesnt need 2 Captain Nemo films. Totally unrelated this, but how about you mister Fincher, direct an adaptation of Stephen King's "The Long Walk" More

Posted by 62Parker at 16:50 on 17 May 2010 | Report This Post

This is ridiculous
Its one thing for Hollywood to avoid original material at all costs, or to reinvent franchises less than 10 years old... but with this and the 3 musketeers we're going to be doubling up on movies like crazy!? I Imagine they'll turn each into a typical 3 picture deal! More

Posted by Ambition at 14:36 on 17 May 2010 | Report This Post

A "futuristic" version? Why?
First Allan Quartermain, now Captain Nemo - this is such a cynical move by those assholes to use name recognition for what will essentially have no relation to the original novel. Wankers. However after the Watch films and Wanted I'm interested to see what sort of insanity Bekmambetov can unleash in a big science fiction film. I suppose if Fox are really going to bastardise the material like this then it should be able to co-exist nicely with the Disney/Fincher team up as all indications are th More

Posted by Marwood at 09:15 on 17 May 2010 | Report This Post

You had me until 'apparently is set in the future'
Why do it if you're changing the time period? The charm of Verne's stories is that they're set in the (albeit fantastical) past. More

Posted by captainamazing at 08:54 on 17 May 2010 | Report This Post

Would rather see Fincher's version of the movie than what Fox would end up doing to a classic tale More

Posted by umer_ejaz at 07:44 on 17 May 2010 | Report This Post

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