Disney Working on New 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

Written by Andrew Pollard Friday, 26 February 2016

Movie News

Isn’t a new adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea already in development, we hear you say? Why yes, it certainly is. But this is Hollywood we’re talking about, meaning a second new adaptation of a property isn’t a totally unheard of concept.

Whilst we already knew that Bryan Singer is confirmed to be doing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea over at 20th Century Fox, Deadline is now reporting that Disney have brought in The Wolverine's James Mangold to direct Captain Nemo, an effort that will be an apparent “true take” on Jules Verne’s classic tale and that already has Hotel Noir’s Sebastian Gutierrez on board to pen the screenplay.

Disney have been trying to get a new adap of 20,000 Leagues off the ground for a while now, with David Fincher even on board to direct a new take on the age-old story before he left the project to work on Gone Girl.

Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was first published way back in 1870, and there have been plenty of adaptations since, most famously Richard Fleischer’s 1954 movie, also produced by Disney. The basic premise sees the film’s action centre on a giant underwater monster causing chaos across the globe.

As ever, expect more on this as it develops.

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