David Fincher was rumored to be taking on a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but now he says he just couldn't do it. Which is a shame, because it sounds like it would have been a totally insane trip.

In a recent interview that touched on a bunch of Fincher's projects, he tossed out this tidbit about the scrapped 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea:

Dude, it was fucking cool. It was smart and crazy entertaining, with the Nautilus crew fighting every kind of gigantic Ray Harryhausen thing. But it also had this riptide to it. We were doing Osama bin Nemo, a Middle Eastern prince from a wealthy family who has decided that white imperialism is evil and should be resisted. The notion was to put kids in a place where they'd say, "I agree with everything he espouses. I take issue with his means—or his ends." I really wanted to do it, but in the end I didn't have the stomach lining for it. A lot of people flourish at Hollywood studios because they're fear-based. I have a hard time relating to that, because I feel our biggest responsibility is to give the audience something they haven't seen. For example, Gillian Flynn and I are doing Utopia [about fans of a cult graphic novel] for HBO, and that's all I'm focusing on next year.


That sounds like it could have been either totally amazing or a complete train wreck.

Read the rest of the interview at Playboy.