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A rival 20,000 Leagues project gearing up from Fox and Timur Bekmambetov?

05.17.2010

What the…? I just reported yesterday that David Fincher was in talks to take over Disney's 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA adaptation from McG, and today via Heat Vision, we have word that Fox is planning a rival 20,000 LEAGUES project with their own team.

The film is through Ridley and Tony’s Scott Free productions, and is working with a script from CLASH OF THE TITANS’ Travis Beacham. Fox is reportedly in talks with “he’s so hot right now” Russian action director Timur Bekmambetov of WANTED and NIGHT WATCH fame to direct.

This version follows the plot of Jules Verne novel, but is said to be set in the future. It’s hard to tell which version, this or Disney’s, is closer to a reality right now.

I would say that a Scott Free production with Bekmambetov at the helm would be able to rival a Fincher project with Disney, but the fact that a CLASH OF THE TITANS screenwriter is penning the tale would have me give the clear advantage to Fincher/Mouse House.

Which project would you rather see?

Extra Tidbit: I didn't realize hundred and forty year-old books were such a hot commodity these days.
Source: Heat Vision

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