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Walt Disney's 1954 live-action classic '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' may be getting a 21st century reboot. David Fincher ('Seven,' 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo') is still attempting to make his proposed remake sea-worthy. Now it appears Fincher has his sights set on Brad Pitt for the role of protagonist sailor Ned Land, a whaler way out of his league (pun only partially intended). Ned was played by the legendary Kirk Douglas in the original film. Pitt and Fincher have worked together on three previous films. Disney hasn't given the official go-ahead for the remake of their film version of Jules Verne's immortal novel, opting to keep the director on a three-month retainer while they decide whether or not to move forward. While no deal has been finalized, Pitt's rep did comment that '20,000 Leagues' could be among his projects for next year.
'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' is my favorite live-action Disney film. It was the kind of grand-scale adventure story that Hollywood still struggles to recreate to this day. James Mason's Captain Nemo was by far my favorite part, but Douglas' Ned Land can not be overlooked. It makes sense Fincher would be going after Pitt for a number of reasons. As previously mentioned, they've worked together thrice before, 'Seven,' 'Fight Club,' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.' They have a stellar working relationship and the prospect of another collaboration between the two should be enough to get anyone excited about this project. There's also the fact that Fincher hired 'Seven' writer Andrew Kevin Walker to retool the script; so yeah, 'Seven' reunion. I think Pitt would be perfect for the part of Ned and I can't wait to see the darker tinges Fincher brings to the story of a iconic sub facing down a gigantic squid.
What do you guys think? Would a David Fincher '20,000 Leagues' work? Is Pitt the right choice for Ned?