As if we didn’t have enough remakes happening already, now it looks like for the second time this year we are about to get the exact same remake heading into production from two different studios at the same time. Over the weekend it was revealed that David Fincher has signed on to direct Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, taking over for McG, who dropped out of the project late last year. It was a bit of a surprise considering all the other projects that David Fincher has had on his plate lately (a remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is still expected to be his next project), but apparently he was the one who approached Disney specifically because he wants to take on a “four-quadrant tentpole movie”. I guess after trying to go the Oscar route with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, he’s decided to switch gears and go in the opposite direction. Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!) has been tapped to write the script.
Now the weird thing is that a day later Heat Vision has followed up with a report that Fox is developing their own adaptation of the Jules Verne classic. Apparently it is being produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, and they’re in talks with Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) to direct. Bekmambetov, much like Fincher, also has plenty of stuff currently in development, including a Moby Dick movie. The script for this version is being written by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans). The story is now in the public domain, which explains why multiple studios can take a stab at it… but will audiences be interested in seeing the same movie twice? Just like the dueling Three Musketeers movies, it is now a race to see who can get to the big screen first. Care to place any bets on which one will be better?