Kevin Walker, the writer behind Seven, Sleepy Hollow and 8mm, will be taking his pen (or keyboard, really) to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Exciting? Somewhat!

To all those convinced that Nemo is nothing more than a Pixar fish, allow me to educate you. Captain Nemo is a legendary sea-faring explorer. He isn’t real (sorry, Santa fans) – he’s the creation of one Jules Verne, the renown author of such Nineteenth Century Sci-Fi classics as A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

That last one sounds interesting, doesn’t it? And not as Hollywood-pumped as the rest of them… thus far. 20,000 Leagues is the tale of the aforementioned Nemo and his submarine, a behemoth of a vessel called the Nautilus, often depicted as looking like a cross between a sub and a giant squid. Totally normal, then.

What’s not so normal is that there’s a huge beast called a Narwhal (mix between a dolphin, whale and a unicorn – it’s real, trust me) bombing around the ocean, generally being a bit of a nuisance. So Nemo and his crew, along with the narrator, Professor Pierre Aronnax, head off to go and spear it through the head. Makes sense to me (sorry vegetarians).

The film’s probably going to be a huge CGI-3D fest, and I can’t blame them – 3D is good when used well, and I don’t think this film would benefit from the lack of CGI. Walker seems more than up to the task of depicting something dark and hardcore rather than the usual wishy-washy action-and-adventure you’d get from other writers. And if you didn’t know already, David Fincher of The Social Network and Seven fame is on board, too. Sold!

More on this as it comes.

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