It's moments like these when I lose a little faith that anyone in Hollywood operates with even the slightest code of honor.
When McG first started making noises about a "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" remake, it already struck me as a bit of dirty pool. Craig Titley had a new version in development already with producer Sam Raimi, and their script had already been in development for a while, and well-liked around town. I wasn't worried, though, because I knew that the Raimi film had a director circling the project, and I had every confidence that if it came down to a shooting match between Fincher and McG, Fincher was going to win.
Now it looks like Fincher has indeed beaten McG, but not in the way I expected.
Evidently, Fincher approached Disney about his desire to make a "20,000 Leagues" movie with a take of his own, and he brought screenwriter Scott Z. Burns in with him. Disney, pleased to be able to keep their version alive, is in final negotiations to hire both Fincher and Burns right now, and it appears that if it is going to happen, it would be right after Fincher wraps production on his American adaptation of the uber-popular first chapter in the Millennium Trilogy, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."
So... let me get this straight, because I'm having trouble believing that Fincher really is that open a douche. You circle a version of "20,000 Leagues" for a while. You get involved in development. And then you go to another studio and pitch them your own version and leave the first version you helped develop high and dry?