Director David Fincher is reuniting with his Se7en scripter Andrew Kevin Walker for a film that should be decidedly less dark than their previous collaboration. Walker will be doing a rewrite on Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea project he has been developing at Disney over the past year.
The film is set to be a loose adaption of the classic Jules Verne novel which Fincher is set to film in 3D.
Walker joins a pretty impressive list of writers who have already taken a crack at the project. Scott Z Burns was the most recent, following on the heels of Michael Chabon and Randall Wallace.
Given that Walker’s resume includes such films as 8mm, Sleepy Hollow and The Wolfman as well as doing some uncredited script doctoring on Fight Club and Event Horizon, he certainly seems like an odd choice for Disney’s family friendly film. My thought is that we’ll wind up seeing something a bit more slyly subversive and edgy than Disney’s original film version of the novel from 1954. Not that I’m saying that that version starring Kirk Douglas and James Mason is bad. Far from it, it’s one of my favorite of Disney’s live action films. But I think it’s fare to say that what ever Fincher has in mind is going to be far different.