Months after deep-sixing a McG-helmed version of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Disney is in negotiations with David Fincher to direct, and hot “Bourne Ultimatum” scribe Scott Z. Burns to write, a new take on the classic Jules Verne story. It’s not surprising that Disney would revisit “Leagues.” Ross has said his mandate is to make wide-appeal, pre-branded entertainment. And while plotlines are being kept submerged, the Fincher/Burns take on the material is described as being in the vein of “Star Wars” or “The Empire Strikes Back.” It will aim to be visually dazzling. Burns, who penned Steven Soderbergh’s latest “Contagion” as well as “The Informant!,” will begin writing immediately. That should give Fincher, who is in post on “The Social Network” for Sony, time to direct another movie (possibly “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” also for Sony, but his name has surfaced in connection with a host of projects) before jumping into “Leagues.” – from THR
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