By the time we got to the scene where Brad Pitt was agonizing over what was in the box, it was clear that writer Andrew Kevin Walker and director David Fincher had created something powerful in “Se7en.” The duo haven’t worked on a project together since, but not for a lack of trying. A couple of years ago they tried to get an adaptation of Max Erlich‘s “The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud” off the ground. Like a handful of other Fincher projects over the years, it fell to the wayside. Now, the helmer has enlisted his old friend for what may be his biggest movie yet.
Deadline reports that Walker will take a pen to Disney‘s “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” that has Fincher attached to direct. The project will be a mammoth undertaking, prepping to be shot in 3D with Fincher boasting over the summer it would be up to 70% CG, with a lot of motion capture work. A favorite of Fincher’s best bud Steven Soderbergh, Scott Z. Burns (“Contagion,””The Informant!“) was the latest writer to take a stab at the script in a project that has seen a few people pass through including Randall Wallace and Michael Chabon. But will this be next for Fincher? Maybe, maybe not. “I think that there’s a lot of movies that could be my next film,” he said in August. Clearly, the script is not quite where he needs it just yet.
And certainly, Fincher has plenty of options right now. Angelina Jolie, Scott Rudin and Sony want him for “Cleopatra” and if “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is the success it should be, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” will certainly be knocking on his door. But as far as big budget, mainstream movies go, we never thought we’d see Walker and Disney in the same sentence or even the same story, so it’s an intriguing development. But where this leads, we’ll have to wait and see.